Singing fish foils burglary

ROCHESTER, Minnesota (KTTC) – A singing fish may have stopped someone attempting to break into a Rochester, Minnesota business.

Tom Allen owns Hooked on Fishing.

He said he left his business after 4:30 p.m. Sunday and believes someone tried to break into the business that evening.

When Allen arrived the next day the door was open. He said that didn’t worry him because he thought an employee had arrived before him.

But it was Billy Bass on the store floor that raised some concern.

“When I saw Billy Bass on the floor, I knew something was really up,” Allen said. “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.”

The door was damaged during the attempted burglary, but nothing was stolen from the business.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said there was about $700 in damage to the door.

Allen said he expects a new door to be installed on Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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