Big Mouth Billy Bass May Have Foiled Burglary
Singing novelty fish fell from his perch during alleged would-be crime
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2014 10:31 AM CST
Andrew Cuomo shows off a Big Mouth Billy Bass to cabinet members that was given to him as a Christmas gift from the Legislative Correspondents' Association on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Albany, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Newser) – Remember when Big Mouth Billy Bass, a motion-activated, singing bass, was all the rage? It seems the nearly inanimate object is now being lauded as a bit of a hero by authorities in Rochester, Minn., who say the novelty bass thwarted a robbery on Sunday night. The owner of Hooked on Fishing says he arrived at his business on Monday to find the door open—and Billy Bass on the floor, reports KTTC.

Billy Bass typically hung near the door, and would break into "Take Me to the River" whenever someone entered. But the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office believes that in the course of breaking the door to gain entry (and doing $700 worth of damage in the process), the would-be burglar activated the fish and may have been scared off. The intruder left without taking anything, and the cash was in "a very visible spot," Sgt. Tom Claymon tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Says Claymon, the bass "took one for the team."

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 23, 2014 4:40 PM CDT
Burglary can happen anytime because criminals are to be found everywhere right? So what's the big deal with this? Of course, basically it's all about your safety! What if you witness personally burglars breaking into your house and practically you would get hysterical and with that I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have an ample amount of time to call help and most impossibly would be to call 911 right? So with this situation, I came to a thought of looking for some app which would help me in times of emergencies like this and fortunately I found Safetrec and Safekidzone at Google Play which happens to be available at all app stores. Just a click would save me you from harm, trust me. Simply click this links to know more. http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home and www.safetrec.com
HANKHILL
Feb 6, 2014 8:07 PM CST
awwwwwwwww what a cute story! slo nuz day again?
finkster
Feb 6, 2014 1:04 PM CST
Maybe it wasn't a burglary, but someone just sick and tired of hearing Big Mouth Billy and wanted to knock it off its perch?