Thieves Make Off With 7 500 Koi Haul



Thieves make off with 7,500 koi haul
31st March 2017

By Sandra Pearce

Garden centre staff have spoken of their sadness after discovering that thieves made off with koi worth more than £7,500.

Ten koi and one sturgeon were stolen from an outside display tank at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea, near Farnham, with the thieves leaving just one fish.

The thieves had switched an aeration brick in the water to a high level, so a curtain of bubbles formed on the surface, concealing the fact that the fish had been taken.

Martin Breddy, managing director at the branch, told the local Get Surrey: “There was a sense of shock really and huge disappointment because the staff take great care of the fish. They become very attached to them. Some of these fish have been here for a couple of years, real specimen koi.

“There was a lot of incredulity about how on earth someone had managed to steal such big fish. That alone showed us that it must have been quite an operation and a pretty professional operation to get rid of 11 such large fish.

“The fish are all quite unique. The thing that collectors like is to have the most remarkable patterns.

“If the fish do turn up anywhere, if people are really vigilant then there’s a chance that we might find the culprits but more importantly we might get our fish back.”

Sergeant Paul Edwards from Surrey Police said: “Each of the koi carp are approximately half a metre in length, therefore it would have taken a reasonable amount of time and possibly a number of people to take the fish from the display pool.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45170025350 or call Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.