ROCHESTER, MN (WCCO/CNN) - A bait shop owner said he believes an unlikely alarm saved the day when someone apparently tried to burglarize his business.
Tom Allen's Hooked on Fishing bait store has all the goodies - from lures to live bait.
Lining the walls are plenty of fish mounts as proof. So when he closed up shop on Sunday, "The last thing I did before I locked the door was turn ‘Billy the Bass' on," he said.
The motion-detecting mount is Allen's singing door alarm - announcing a customer when he's working out back.
But when he opened the shop on Monday morning, it was his saving grace.
"I saw the door had been damaged, and the dead bolt was bent at like a 45-degree angle," Allen said.
The shop's door had been kicked in, but strangely, not a minnow was missing.
"Not a doggone thing," he said.
It seems the silly, singing bass went off on cue, breaking the burglar's mischievous silence.
"And I think he just did his job, and scared whoever it was right out of their tracks, and they ran," Allen said.
The burglar might still be running, frightened off by a lip-synching, minnow-munching plastic fish.
"I hadn't thought of him as scaring off burglars," Allen said.
This is one fish story that got the best of a very jittery burglar.
Allen's shop is also wired with security cameras, so had the burglar gotten past the singing bass, his startled look could have made for a rather amusing image.
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