VILLA RICA, Ga. -- Villa Rica police are hoping someone in the public may be able to help them find one of three persons of interest wanted in connection with a fish theft that could be worth several thousand dollars.
It may come as a surprise to some that a Koi fish, often found for as little as $4 each, can cost so much.
But Villa Rica City Manager David A. Milliron reports that larger versions of this type of fish can cost up to $3,000 each.
The missing Koi are reportedly direct descendants of the original six fish purchased about 8 years ago when the Pine Mountain Gold Museum first opened to the public.
And that's exactly where the fish called home before Aug. 19 when museum manager Wesley Berninger noticed three men on surveillance camera acting suspicious and later fishing in the pond adjacent to the gem mining booth.
Staff noticed the fish missing the next day.
Those three men, described as a white male wearing a white shirt and jean shorts, a white male wearing a red shirt, orange hat and blue shorts and a white male wearing a blue shirt, dark pants and ball cap are now wanted for questioning in connection to the fish's disappearance.
Authorities believe the men were in an SUV that may have had a North Carolina license plate.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Villa Rica police at 678-785-1100 and reference case #2016-08001460.
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