Detroit Police say Belle Isle Aquarium vandalism never happened

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police tell 7 Action News earlier reports that the Belle Isle Aquarium was vandalized are not true.

On Saturday afternoon, a press release went out to media outlets stating that the Belle Isle Aquarium had been broken into and that someone had poured a bottle of bleach into the fish tank killing dozens of fish.

According to police, this never happened.

A  public relations person who gave the news tip says  the information came from a man named Adam who identified himself as a volunteer for the Aquarium.

The PR person told 7 Action News that they were only privy to the information that the volunteer gave on site.

According to the aquarium, they've chosen not to file a police report against the volunteer. Several fish were found dead, but not beyond what is considered normal.

Earlier reports indicated that 60 fish were killed, but police say only a few fish were found dead - but that was nothing out of the ordinary. Police say there was no break-in.

The news came on the heels of the aquarium's gala fundraiser on Thursday evening, called the Race to Reopen the Belle Isle Aquarium, which hoped to raise the much-needed funds in order to get the oldest aquarium in the nation running again. 

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