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Thieves Caught On Tape Stealing Rare Corals and Drygoods

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 27, 2011 10:00 AM
Surveillance cameras at Bio-Reef, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL caught three thieves stealing live corals and drygoods totaling a reported $30,000. The Jacksonville police department has not yet publicly released the video, but Advanced Aquarist hopes to share this video as soon as it is available to catch these crooks.
Thieves Caught On Tape Stealing Rare Corals and Drygoods

Jim Stamford, Bio-Reef manager

Bio-Reef manager Jim Stamford tells News4Jax:

"[I] saw there was water all over the floor and obviously noticeably corals missing from the tank and stuff like there.  [I] saw there were a lot of dry goods missing, lighting and stuff in this area. [...] They obviously weren't very smart because the types of corals they took are the more rare kinds, Australian and stuff like that ... a little bit harder to get rid of if they're trying to sell it on the Internet.  It's going to be a little bit tougher for them to get rid of.  The reefing community is a very small community."

The News4 video report shows holding tanks containing "Limited Edition" SPS and Chalice corals.  Advanced Aquarist has contacted Bio-Reef for more information about this crime and will post them when they are available.

If you have any information about who's responsible for the burglary, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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