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Ontario Provincial Police have netted a suspect accused of stealing exotic fish and cash from an Ottawa Valley restaurant.

In a news release Friday, Ontario Provincial Police said Justin McLelland, 23, of Beachburg, Ont., was charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

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McLelland was arrested Friday, the release said, after police searched a home in Whitewater Region Township. Police recovered the stolen fish there and returned them to the owner.

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READ: Break-in at Ottawa Valley restaurant targeted aquarium of tropical fish, not its cash, owner says

Lily Dan of the Beachburg Restaurant said the Chinese-Canadian restaurant just south of Pembroke had a well-stocked aquarium that seemed to be the target of the early morning break-in on April 11, along with a small amount of cash.

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. It’s crazy … They target the fish, it’s not about the money,” Dan said. She added that other valuables at the restaurant, such as its stock of beer, were untouched.

“After a boatload of support from the public, officers along with the assistance of the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) were able to ‘reel’ in and arrest the accused,” the OPP release read. “The accused was caught and released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on June 3.”

OPP also said “the wave of support from the public” about the case was nothing short of “fintastic.”

With files from Peter Hum

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