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Kansas Fish Store Hit By Vandals

Aquariums Wholesale in Olathe, Kansas loses $20,000 in corals and fish.

June 12, 2013

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Vandals hit a local aquarium store in Olathe, Kansas last week, pouring copper powder into four of the store's display tanks, killing all the corals and marine fishes in those tanks, according to a report on Fox 4 News.

Aquariums Wholesale, located in the Great Mall of the Great Plains, was about to go into business selling corals worldwide via the Internet when vandals struck, causing the store to suffer the loss of hundreds of saltwater fish and corals. The owners think that a competitor or a disgruntled customer is to blame for the vandalism, which currently exceeds $20,000 in losses.

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Aquariums Wholesale's Jonny Wright details losses to Fox 4 News. Screengrab courtesy Fox 4 News

It was definitely murder, Jonny Wright of Aquariums Wholesale told Fox 4 News. They deliberately killed every single thing in our tanks on purpose. They wanted to hurt us. They wanted to try and get us out of business, Wright said.

The store is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for the killings, and because the amount in losses exceeds $20,000, the police say that felony charges may be filed against the vandals when they are caught.

A vandal smashed a 180 gallon reef tank at a Falls River, MA fish store in February destroying most of the corals and marine fishes in the tank. A lone survivor, a blue tang, survived six hours out of water. That crime was captured by the store's video surveillance system.

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