Fish tank thief caught when he returned to buy pet fish
CRIMINAL of the day is Nigel Darren Ball, 52, of Peacock, Wakefield.
At Wakefield Magistrates’ Court, Balls is quoted:
“I went to buy some goldfish but had to fill out a form with my details on it. That’s what got me.”
Earlier in the day, Ball has stolen a fish tank from the Pets at Home on Westgate Retail Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire.
Prosecutor Rory Byrne explains:
“As brazen as anything he lifted the fish tank off the shelf, as big as it is, and simply walked out of the store. Some sight it must have been, he walks from the retail park holding an umbrella and a fish tank, and walks as far as the Peacock Estate. No one saw it at the time.”
Ball then returned to the store to buy a fish. When the shop assistant asked Ball what kind of tank he had, the villain pointed to one near the shelf he stole from. He was asked the fill out a pet ownership form, including his name and address. The worker noticed that a tank was missing, and checked the CCTV.
Ball admitted theft.