Craigslist ad leads to theft of expensive fish

By Laura Geller - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A bizarre crime alert out of Henrico where a woman says a Craigslist ad brought strangers to her home to steal her beloved pets. Henrico Police are working to get to the bottom of this unusual scheme.

One Henrico woman says you cannot believe everything you read on the Internet. That's because someone posted an ad on Craigslist advertising free Koi Fish and listing all her personal information. The ad told people to just come and grab the expensive exotic fish out of her pond.  

Cynthia Armstrong says she was shocked. The new sign reading "no free fish" is something she never thought she'd have to post outside her elaborate fish pond. But it's a last resort after several experiences like the one she described to NBC12. 

"People were around my driveway and a gentleman pulled up and I said, 'Can I help you?'  And he said, 'I'm here for the Craigslist ad,'" she said.

The July First ad, which has since been removed, is the source of Armstrong's concern.

"It actually surprised me that Craigslist didn't red flag this. I've been told personal information on a listing is just unheard of," Cynthia said.

The ad, listing her exact address, brought several strangers to her home and now she's missing twelve of her 32 Koi Fish. Henrico Police say the fish are worth a total of about $2000. Armstrong is now left wondering who could have possibly done this to her.

"My only thing is I just want my babies back. I'm just hoping that maybe somebody will see this and want to return them. Just please, please, please, please bring them back. They were at a happy home," Cynthia said.

Armstrong says the intricate fish pond has taken her two years to put together. She says if she saw a posting advertising free Koi Fish, she would have thought it was too good to be true.

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