Friday, June 28, 2013

The Great Koi Heist

Breaking news from my home county:

Detectives are investigating larcenies involving approximately 400 Koi fish from a Herndon-area business park pond.

Police were alerted that the fish were stolen from the pond near 2411 Dulles Corner Park on at least four occasions in June. Employees reportedly encountered two men, claiming to be pond maintenance workers, who claimed to be checking on the health of the fish. They were reportedly removing unhealthy fish and leaving the healthy ones behind. The men were seen scooping the fish with large nets and placing them into large coolers between 1 and 4 p.m. on June 8, 9, 15 and 16.

After further investigation, employees realized that the men were not who they claimed to be and contacted police.

Suspects were described as white and wore sunglasses. One was overweight and around 5 feet 5 inches tall. The men appeared to be in their 50’s.

Anyone who may have seen anyone fitting this description, on these dates, in the area is asked to contact Detective S.D. Gaydos at the Fair Oaks Police District, 703-591-0966 ext. 5004 or call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

So let me get this straight. Two guys showed up four times over a two week period stating that they were pond maintenance workers and took 400 fish to "check their health." That's an extremely bold and risky move to come back three more times after the first heist. Even Danny Ocean wouldn't do that. Who knew there was such a big black market for koi? The morale of the story is to make sure your koi maintenance workers don't wear sunglasses.


lacochran's evil twin said...

This is my biggest fear in life. That I'd do something huge, like pulling off a koi heist, and the police/media would describe me as overweight.

Josh Croyle said...

We once took a koi out of the pond in front of a hotel, but we just put it in the hotel pool. Then we felt bad and put it back.

There may have been alcohol involved.

Sean said...

Evil Twin - Now that you mention it, I probably wouldn't like if the police/media claimed that I was shorter than I actually am.

Josh - "There may have been alcohol involved" could be (and is) used in so many scenarios!

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