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Thieves steal 120 fish from mansion

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 05, 2012 07:00 AM
Fish crime is seemingly on the rise around the world! New Zealand thieves broke onto the grounds of a $16 million mansion ... to steal, of all things, 120 tropical fish (presumably koi) from the estate's pond.
Thieves steal 120 fish from mansion

Where'd all the fish go? Photo by Colin Bews.

The mega-estate was formerly owned by the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world.  During feeding time this Monday, an employee of the current owner (Gary Lane) discovered the pond fishes had mysteriously vanished. Police are now investigating if thieves may have scaled high fences and evaded surveillance cameras, although it is unclear whether any cameras were directed in the pond's direction.

Police should also consider the possibility that wildlife such as predatory birds may have snatched the fishes, although 100+ fishes is an awful lot to consume in one binge.  Then again, it's also a lot of fishes for thieves to steal.

[via Otago Daily News]

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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