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Sleep With the Fishes

An unnamed 16-year-old boy in Arlington Heights, Ill., and two teen accomplices have been charged with residential burglary. So why, police asked when they caught up with the burglars, did they poison the fish? When the residents returned to their ransacked home, they found spices and condiments had been dumped into their fish tank, and the three fish were floating dead. “According to the police report,” said a police spokesman, the 16-year-old “looked at the fish tank and said ‘We can’t leave any witnesses’.” An animal cruelty charge was added to the boy’s arrest. (RC/Arlington Heights Daily Herald) ...Ah, but how were they caught? The parrot squawked.
Original Publication Date: 20 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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