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Three men climb gates to steal fish from pond

Posted at 11:08 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 23:09:17-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla., -- Three men were caught on camera stealing fish from a pond in a gated community in Cape Coral. Residents say it's not the first time it's happened and they can't seem to catch the thieves. 

"You don’t want to put them in front of a firing squad for that but what will they do next?," said Ronald Schmitt, a resident at Blue Water Homes where the men were seen stealing fish. 

Schmitt says it's happened multiple times. He says he believes they steal the fish from the pond to use for bait. 

Another resident who caught them stealing from the pond says he and his two dogs chased them out of the apartment gates, where they dropped some fish. Those dead fish are still lying on the side of Burnt Store Road. 

“What can we do? They said just try to get a plate number," said Blue Water Homes Board Member, Pam Austin when the Home Owner's Association called the police. 

The problem is the men covered their black Ford license plate with a towel. 

“When you steal a fish or a million dollars, you’re still a thief," said Schmitt. "Just because there’s a gate there doesn’t stop them." 

The community says if you or someone you know recognizes the men in the video to call Cape Coral Police.