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Fish bowl robber busted after returning to store he burglarized to get goldfish

By Mason White 3:52 AM June 23, 2013
Pets At Home store location 

By: Eva Fett
A dumb robber was caught after he decided to return to the same store in order to stuff his loot with more items, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

It all happened when the brave thief returned to the pet shop where he had stolen a fish bowl because he wanted to get some goldfish to put into the glass container.

Nigel Ball, 52, was captured after he decided the best place to get fish for his stolen 50 pound container was by going back to the place he took it from, police said.

The employees of the Pets at Home store became suspicious when after buying the fish Nigel suggested that he wanted the same model bowl he had stolen earlier.

Then, Nigel filled out a sheet with his name and address. He did not even hesitate to do so, according to employees.
“I went to get goldfish, but I had to fill out a form with my details. That’s what got me,” Ball told police when he was arrested at his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

He admitted to stealing the container in court. Prosecutor Rory Byrne told the court that Ball’s theft was bold.
“As brazen as anything Ball raised the fish tank off the shelf of the store, as big as it is, and simply left the shop,” he told the court.

Ball’s criminal defense attorney said that his client had stolen the fish tank for his daughter, after having broken her old while cleaning it.
Ball will be sentenced for the theft next month.