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article imageThieves steal 600 pounds of fish from US trout farm

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 2, 2010 in Crime
Canton - Thieves took about 600 pounds of fish from a trout farm in North Carolina and the owners are puzzled over how the robbery took place.
Sally Eason, owner of Sunburst Trout Farm, said that when they went to harvest the pond on Thursday most of the fish were missing.
“There should have been around 600 pounds in the (pond), and there was virtually none,” the Citizen-Times quoted her as saying. “How they got them out is beyond us.”
She thinks the theft took place on Tuesday, and that a truck must have been used to move the fish. What she cannot understand is how thieves got the fish out of the fenced facility. Neither the gate nor the lock showed any sign of damage.
Eason thinks it is unlikely that a former employee used a key to enter.
It is thought that bait was used to bring the fish to the surface of the water, and they were then scooped up.
Eason contacted local fish markets and informed them about the robbery, asking that they contact her if someone attempted to sell them a large quantity of fish.
The farm began operating at its current location three years ago, and has had some minor fish thefts since then, although a larger theft had taken place where they were at their previous location.
The Haywood County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the incident.
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