Monday, 10 December, 2018

Thieves with stroller allegedly steal shark from San Antonio aquarium

Trio of thieves put shark in baby stroller, roll it out of the San Antonio Aquarium Shark likely to die after Texans steal it from San Antonio aquarium in a stroller
Gerardo Duncan | 31 July, 2018, 17:31

"Some guy just basically grabbed a shark out of the tank, put it in a baby stroller and left", Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said on Monday.

A suspect accused of helping to steal a shark from a Texas aquarium in a baby stroller over the weekend reportedly confessed to the freakish crime and told officials the animal is still alive.

The three suspects arrived at the San Antonio Aquarium, in Texas, on Saturday afternoon armed with a baby stroller and a net.

Fox News reported the suspects were initially confronted in the auto park and had denied a request to search their maroon truck - but had then been tracked to a residence where several marine animals were kept in "almost a mock-up" of the aquarium.

As of Monday night, the stolen gray horn shark, which the aquarium has estimated to be worth $2,000, has been found alive.

Police said a man removed the shark from the tank before it was put into a stroller.

Salvaggio said that one of the men had knowledge of aquariums and likely went to the aquarium specifically for that shark.

She said the bleach solution might have shocked the shark's system.

Authorities are speaking with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine whether any federal charges can be filed, Salvaggio said.

One man has been charged with theft and charges for two other individuals are pending, according to Salvaggio.

Covino said the employee immediately reported the suspicious behavior to the aquarium's general manager, Jenny Stellman.

"We'll be surprised if the shark survives". It shared surveillance video of the crime unfolding. Police were working to get a warrant to retrieve the shark, Spellman said. He drove off, leaving the other man and woman behind. Staff applauded and cheered as Miss Helen made her homecoming.

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