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Big Mouth Billy Bass scares off would-be burglar

Big Mouth Billy Bass Scares Off Would-Be Burglar
It sounds a little fishy, but apparently those singing Big Mouth Billy Bass novelty plaques can be used to deter crime.

A motion sensor when the door is opened prompts the fish to start singing and dancing -- so when a burglar kicked it in and tried to rob the Hooked on Fishing bait shop in Minnesota, Billy broke into song.

Authorities think that scared the would-be burglar off: score one for the fish!

'When I tried to close the door and it wouldn't close at all, I just knew that Billy Bass had done his job,' store owner Tom Allen told KTTC.

Who would've thought this novelty fish could be just as good as a modern security system?

'Now he is my good luck charm. I am going to keep Billy until he can't sing no more.'

Luckily, nothing was taken from the store. However, The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports the would-be burglar caused about $700 worth of damage to the door.

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Robert & Lisa February 07 2014 at 6:31 AM

Better get a real system for next time.

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aaldrew Robert & Lisa February 07 2014 at 8:20 AM

You betcha bass.

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Bill February 07 2014 at 10:02 AM

Big Mouth Billy Bass should get his own crime-fighting show called: "Scales of Justice".

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bodyshop99 Bill February 07 2014 at 10:17 AM

How about a movie, too, "The Inglorious Bass-tards"!

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tom February 07 2014 at 10:29 AM

Ok, now give me some worms...

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arenadood February 07 2014 at 11:27 AM

I hope they catch whoever tried to rob the store. It will send the courtroom into uncontrolled laughing when they demonstrate the alarm system that scared them away.

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Eric February 07 2014 at 12:16 PM

A bait shop in Minnesota in the winter? That was the target for a burglary? No wonder a talking fish was all it took to scare him off. What did this moron think he was going to score.....some shiners?

Yeah,yeah...I know, ice fishing needs bait too. I get it, I live in Wisconsin. But just how much of a haul are you going to get from a bait shop?

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leoganz Eric February 07 2014 at 3:42 PM

This guy was afraid of a plastic fish so not much to work with upstairs with this guy....

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ramrod1130 February 07 2014 at 1:45 PM

Where can I buy a Billy Bass ?

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dickn2000b ramrod1130 February 07 2014 at 3:33 PM

Amazon...They now list for $149.00.

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mingthemercilessone February 07 2014 at 2:15 PM

Go python hunting in the Everglades and catch yourself one helluva night watchman.

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genegene002 February 07 2014 at 3:49 PM

Cool! I have one of those! I bought it when it first came out and cost $50 I cracks me up!

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James R Partlow February 07 2014 at 4:09 PM

My old boss put a sign out"Cobras are released at 7 pm."Never had a problem.

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windandclouds February 07 2014 at 7:17 PM

So where is the pic of Billy Bass?

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