BIG MOUTH BILLY BASS: Singing Fish Runs Off Burglar From Tackle Shop

Published on February 8, 2014

A plastic novelty fish singing Al Green’s ‘Take Me to the River’ has thwarted a robbery at a Minnesota bait and tackle shop.

Police said the intruder kicked in the door to ‘Hooked on Fishing’ in Rochester on Sunday night but was scared off when a motion-activated Big Mouth Billy Bass broke into song.

‘When I saw Billy Bass on the floor I knew something was really up,’ owner Tom Allen said the morning after the bungled burglary.

‘And when I tried to close the door and it wouldn’t close at all I just knew that Billy Bass had done his job, and let somebody know that it wasn’t just empty or something.’

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A plastic novelty fish singing Al Green’s ‘Take Me to the River’ has thwarted a robbery at a Minnesota bait and tackle shop.

Police said the intruder kicked in the door to ‘Hooked on Fishing’ in Rochester on Sunday night but was scared off when a motion-activated Big Mouth Billy Bass broke into song.

‘When I saw Billy Bass on the floor I knew something was really up,’ owner Tom Allen said the morning after the bungled burglary.

‘And when I tried to close the door and it wouldn’t close at all I just knew that Billy Bass had done his job, and let somebody know that it wasn’t just empty or something.’

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Tom Claymon told Star Tribune the thrashing bass was better than a burglar alarm and ‘took one for the team’.

‘There were plenty of things to take but nothing was missing … other than Billy’s pride,’ he said.

None of the store’s supplies were stolen, but there was $700 in damage to the door.

Read more at Daily Mail.

 

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