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27 Fish Worth $5K Stolen From Backyard Pond

There were at least seven different types of fish in the pond in Owings Mills.

An Owings Mills resident fell victim to a fish-napper last week when an assortment of gilled pets worth thousands were taken.

The thief stole $5,000 worth in fish from a backyard pond in Owings Mills, police said.

A total of 27 fish of various types were taken from the pond, located in the backyard of a home on the 3300 block of Carroll Avenue in Owings Mills, between 12 p.m. Jan. 14 and 2 p.m. Jan. 20, according to a Baltimore County Police report.

The fish types included koi, butterfly koi, channel catfish, albino koi, shubunkin and others, according to Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Baltimore County Police’s Franklin Precinct.

Shin January 22, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Here's hoping witnesses aren't koi and come forward.
Neil Adleberg January 22, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I had the same thing happen last winter BUT don't believe a person did it. More likely a heron or pack of coyotes. I live in the same general area as well!
AJ January 22, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Joy Tand January 23, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I have seen Great Blue Herons fly around storm water management ponds looking for food. Maybe they were victims of a fly by instead of a fish fry.
Steve January 23, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I caught my fish napper in the act. It was a blue heron.
Jon Doe January 24, 2013 at 05:31 PM
This is news? I don't give a carp! On the other hand $5k is a lot of gefilte.
Joe Galvagna January 27, 2013 at 01:03 PM
That was an expensive dinner for that bird. That bird needs to he darted with a 22. Is there no justice any where. Call Obama and get this bird some food stamps.
Linda Goodman January 27, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Definitely a Heron. I lost 20 before I realized what was happening then I got a German Shephard......no more Heron.
John Slater January 27, 2013 at 03:33 PM
The Nasty Blue Herron stole 8 fish from me last month. Greedy thing.
Christine T. January 28, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Definitely a heron or coon. We had our entire pond decimated by both. Gotta hand it to the heron,eating a $5000 fish dinner is epically decadent!
Brooke Collins January 28, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Haha this is great.
Nancy Boltz January 28, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Just like the deer that eat our shrubs, heron have to eat in the Winter also. How about a wire net over the pond? Does insurance cover such a loss?
lavern January 29, 2013 at 08:45 PM
22? food stamps? huh?
Todd Fox February 01, 2013 at 04:39 PM
There are mink in this area that have been seen taking large koi from ponds. They will dive down as deep as fifteen feet to catch fish. They will also stash the fish in a burrow to eat later. They are mostly nocturnal and for this reason are not usually seen.


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