POLICE are investigating fishy goings on after 25 goldfish were stolen on a late-night raid on a pond.
Derbyshire Police were dumbfounded when they received a call from a distraught owner after he found that his pond in Winchester Drive, Linton, had been targeted by a gang who had stole his prize goldfish.
The thieves struck in the dead of night and made off with 25 prize fish, said to potentially be worth hundreds of pounds.
Now, police officers are urging anyone with information about where the fish might be to come forward to help them get to the bottom of this unusual crime.
A spokesman for the force said: " Overnight between Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4, offenders forced their way into the rear garden of a house in Winchester Drive, Linton.
"They then lifted the net from a fish pond in the garden and stole approximately 25 gold fish.
"The prize fish are described as being some six to eight inches long.
"We know want to know anyone who has recently acquired these fish?
"People can call us on 191 or by calling the confidential Crimestoppers number, anonymously, on 0800 555111 and quote reference number 32427/14
"Everyday hundreds of people use the scheme to help the police solve many crimes.
"It is highly successful and proves that it is possible to do something to make the place we live in safer
So, if you have heard a whisper about this crimes , then give us a shout on the Crimestoppers number."
Despite people associating goldfish with fair grounds, many fish enthusiasts collect rare types of goldfish and often shell out large sums of money on the fish.
As a result of this incident in South Derbyshire, police chiefs have issued a warning to people who keep fish to be 'on their guard'.
Anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour is urged to call the police.