Singing bass scares bait-shop burglar, police say

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The Rochester-Post Bulletin reports that a singing fish scared away a burglar at a bait and tackle shop north of Rochester.

Police said the burglar bashed his way in by kicking down the door at the Hooked on Fishing store on U.S. 63 North at 6:45 a.m. Monday, doing $700 worth of damage to the store entrance.

But investigators believe the would-be thief was scared off by a singing animatronic Big Mouth Billy Bass, which has a motion sensor and belts out "Take Me to the River" anytime anyone walks in the store, the newspaper reports. Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Tom Claymon said nothing was taken.

Billy Bass, which appears to be a mounted trophy to an unsuspecting passerby, was a popular gag gift a decade ago. The device first surfaced in sporting goods stores in 2000 and became an instant hit, the New York Times reports.

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