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Thief makes off with 160 live eels

July 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

KANI, Japan, July 21 (UPI) -- The owner of an eel restaurant in Japan said he thinks 160 live eels were stolen from a water tank behind his business.

Yoshitaka Mizuno, owner of the Unagi no Mizuno restaurant, called authorities in Kani, Gifu Prefecture, Sunday to report he thought someone stole the eels, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

Mizuno received the eels in a delivery from Isshikicho, Aichi Prefecture, the report said.

Yomiuri Shimbun said the eels would would have been worth nearly $3,000 after they were cooked and prepared for restaurant guests.

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