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1,000 fish killed in chemical poisoning at Cambria Co. store
By: WJAC Web Staff
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police in Cambria County are searching for two men who are believed to have contaminated fish tanks at an area store, causing about 1,000 fish to go belly up.
Richland Township police said Thursday they have been reviewing surveillance video from the incident that happened Feb. 19 at the Walmart in Richland Township.
Investigators said two men can be seen in the area of the fish tank at about 7:30 p.m. and that the two appear to have put some kind of chemical into one of the tanks.
The chemical, which police are not identifying, mixed into the filtration system, causing the 1,000 fish to die and approximately $4,000 in damage to the system and loss of the fish, police said.
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"It's appalling that someone could even think of doing something like this," Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said in a statement. "We're grateful our cameras caught the suspects in action and we hope the photos will help the public in identifying those responsible."
Gee said since the incident, the store's tanks have been professionally cleaned and restocked with tropical fish.
Police were unsure of any motive, and said they didn't believe that the two men were former employees of the store.
Anyone with information about the incident or who may be able to help identify the suspect should contact that Cambria County non-emergency police line at 1-800-281-1680.