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Betta Bandit Strikes Again


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Melbourne, April 9th, 2009.

The tropical fish thief known as The Betta Bandit has struck again. This time a valuable copper halfmoon betta was stolen in broad daylight, right out of a Fastway truck as it made a quick stop at the Melbourne casino.

The shipment of show winning bettas was on its way to the Be1Betta Fish Farm in Bendigo. "I can't believe anyone would do this just before the Easter weekend", said a tearful Be1Betta spokesperson, Louise.

This particular fish was bred by Gympie breeder, Wayne Wickedfish, and came from the coveted Depstep line of copper halfmoons. Thefts of bettas have been on the rise over the last few years since prices on AquaBid have soared with many fish being auctioned for thousands of dollars. There have been 27 incidents this year alone much to the alarm of betta breeders Australia-wide.

Police have received detailed eyewitness reports and are looking for a short, fat, (yet oddly alluring) man in his late 30s to assist them with their enquries. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the fish pictured below should ring 1800 DOB-UR-MATES.

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Yup... it was a slow weekend. How much was true? Quite a lot really.

Debstep was the breeder of the parents of this fish -- true

Wayne, username wickedfish bred this fish -- true

Be1betta owns the fish -- true

But it's not in her possession at the moment -- true

The fish is was taken from a Fastway truck parked at the Melbourne Casino -- true

It was stolen -- false

Show winning bettas -- false (but only until some enthusiastic Brisbanites decide to organise a show)

Tearful Be1Bettta -- false (but her voice was a bit crackly over the phone so maybe)

AquaBid fish auctioned for thousands of dollars -- true (but it was probably a malicious bidder who never saw the sale through)

MANY fish auctioned for thousands of dollars -- false

Betta prices have soared -- TRUE -- everyone breed bettas, you'll be RICH, RICH, RICH!!!

The bandit is short and fat -- true

oddly alluring -- very true and very odd

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It's not my fish. He actually still belongs to be1betta. He is currently in a spawn tank with a copper female that I bred last year. I thought it looked good when they were first introduced. But now, 2 days later, both fish shredded, big bubblenest but NO EGGS. I'll give them another day before evicting them. I'm using the 'no cover' method so can't leave them together for too long.

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Well I need to add a big thanks to the Bendigo Fastway that made the drop off to the most helpful person ever (bettarazzi) possible. I think I was on the phone for more than half that day to try and save the lil poor copper fishies from being just some more that needed to be flushed!

Also thanks to Ann (alittle_oc) for picking the other 5 from Michaels and bringing them safely home to me... all are doing great!

Good luck with the spawn Michael I hope it all goes well and great to see some photos of that beautiful boy.

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Just bad time to have sent them being easter week weekend they would not have made it here on the thursday when Michael got them (good friday being a public holiday and all). Lucky I had a hero in Melbourne who could accept the parcel on my behalf (Michael) that knows a thing or 2 about these poor little fishies. Also that fastway could organise the unplanned drop, but either way they made it safe and sound!

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Yep.... got my cape out and everything. ;) It completely sent my end of the office into a flurry. A mixture of teasing and concern about the fish. Everyone was eavesdropping on my phone calls. :P And then when I finally got the parcel, of course they all wanted to see them, so I had to open the box at work which I wasn't really intending to do.

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