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"When I saw Billy Bass on the floor I knew something was really up," Shop owner Tom Allen told Rochester TV station Fox47. "And when I tried to close the door and it wouldn't close at all I just knew that Billy Bass had done his job, and let somebody know that it wasn't just empty or something."
Sgt. Tom Claymon tells the Star Tribune the would-be burglar left without stealing anything, including cash that had been left in "a very visible spot." There was about $700 in damage to the door.
The bass "took one for the team," Claymon said. "There were plenty of things to take but nothing was missing … other than Billy's pride."
— The Associated Press contributed