BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Police say $30,000 of bait fish were bleached and poisoned by the competitor of a Boynton Beach father and son.
Fishing is their business, and how they support their families. So when they came outside and found almost all of their fish in their traps dead it was devastating.
Police say $30,000 worth of fish were bleached and killed by a competitor.
Investigators arrested 25-year-old Alexander Ramer Thursday morning after, they say, he used the bleach to kill the fish belonging to Dynamite Live Bait. The victims say what makes this even worse is they considered the suspect a friend.
"Makes me feel terrible knowing someone as a friend would come do something like that, competition or not, would do something like that to me," said Gary Case Jr.
His father added, "We're in trouble because I had a 250 boat tournament that morning, and the bait got killed at 2 a.m. that morning, and I have a tournament at 6 o'clock that morning".
Police say they cracked the case because surveillance video caught the suspect pouring two large buckets of liquid onto the fish in the middle of the night. The father and son say they now guard their bait before tournaments sleeping on the dock with guns.