Sunday, 23 September, 2018

San Antonio Aquarium recovers shark stolen in baby stroller

Three People Stole A Shark From An Aquarium By Hiding It In A Pram Trio of thieves put shark in baby stroller, roll it out of the San Antonio Aquarium
Andrew Cummings | 01 August, 2018, 06:06

A 38-year-old San Antonio man was arrested Monday night in connection with the weird theft of a horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium on Saturday.

Three men are facing felony theft charges in Texas after they allegedly pulled what can only be described as the oldest trick in the book: stealing a shark from an aquarium and smuggling it out of the building in a baby stroller. Authorities say a male snatched it from a petting tank Saturday afternoon before two others wrapped it in a wet blanket. But three scammers at the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas - armed with a net, a bucket, a blanket, and a baby stroller - just wanted Shark Week to go on.

The female shark, named Helen, thankfully survived and was brought back to the aquarium. The shark was returned home safe on Monday.

In a Facebook post, the San Antonio Aquarium said an employee saw the man take the shark out of the water and alerted management.

Describing the heist to the media, Spellman said the bucket had originally contained a 5 percent bleach solution, leading aquarium officials to worry for Ms. Helen's health. The video shows a man plucking the shark from the tank and carrying it away, off camera, still dripping water.

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Police said a mock-up aquarium was uncovered at the suspect's house.

Police officers then discovered that one of the suspects maintained an extensive collection of marine life in his home.

Police have obtained confessions from two of the men involved and are ascertaining whether the thieves could be charged under federal laws. In a video, Miss Helen can be seen swimming near the surface of a large circular tank that also had an array of colorful corals inside.

Speaking to reporters, Salvaggio said police believe the shark was stolen to be kept as a pet. Here's what a horn shark looks like, though it is not the shark in question. "He had had one of these in the past. obviously he likes those types of animals".

"I guess it's pretty hardy animal, but we're putting it in quarantine to see how it does", he said.

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