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

(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."

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.
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)
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