Have you recently come across an exceptional deal on koi, goldfish, or water lilies? They may have been stolen!
Family-owned pet business, Fancy Tails Fish Farm, located of Sebring, Florida, reported the loss of over $5,500 pond livestock and supplies to a heist that took place July 1, 2016. The police report filed identifies the suspect as Emily Lu Edwards of Highlands County.
Edwards, 35, is no stranger to the back seat of a police cruiser, having been arrested and charged on multiple occasions since 2002 for charges ranging from driving on a suspended license, violating probation, and theft.
Following the initial livestock theft, Edwards reportedly returned to the Sebring shop to help herself to additional filter systems and pond accessories. It is unclear whether Edwards planned to sell the stolen livestock, or if she simply wanted to add a pond to her back yard.
Deputy Justin Clemmons, of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office is overseeing this case. Additional details as this story unfolds.
If you have any information regarding this case, or concerns that you may have purchased stolen livestock or goods, you are urged to contact the Detective Clemmons with the Highlands County Sheriff's Department at (863) 402-7200 and reference case #HCSO160FF005601.
Alternatively, if you believe you may have been the recipient of the stolen fish, or would like to learn how you can help, contact Fancy Tails Fish Farm at (863) 633-8852.
Update: We have been informed that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Emily Edwards, and that a fraction of the stolen livestock has been recovered.