Suspects Steal Shark From Aquarium By Disguising It As Baby

Trio of thieves put shark in baby stroller, roll it out of the San Antonio Aquarium

The aquarium's security cameras also captured the suspects' vehicle, which police were able to track back to a home where they reportedly found the shark alive along with the three suspects - one of whom confessed to the crime.

Three people snatched a small shark from a pool at the San Antonio Aquarium and smuggled it out in a baby carriage over the weekend, the aquarium said on Monday.

They then ducked into a filter room and emptied out a bleach bucket, into which they deposited the shark, the aquarium said.

On Saturday, the shark was grabbed from an open pool by two men and a woman, then wrapped in a wet blanket and put in the bucket with a bleach solution.

"We sure hope it does, but being outside of that environment that it's made to be in - the warm water, the salt water - there's a good chance it won't make it", he said.

Salvaggio added: "But it turns out someone actually went inside the aquarium there in Leon Valley and stole a horn shark".

"He had a lot of different marine animals in the home", Mr Salvaggio said.

Helen is reportedly doing just fine but the men involved will face at least theft counts and possibly federal charges as well.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect in the theft of a horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium.

The shark has been recovered and one person has been arrested after they confessed to taking the animal, local media outlets report.

You can see the surveillance video below. Cradling the shark in his hands, he walks past visitors looking at other displays and out of the camera's sight, leaving a trail of water on the aquarium's floor.

The female shark, named Helen, thankfully survived and was brought back to the aquarium. Spellman confronted the group in the parking lot, but one of the men denied her request to search the truck. Police said did not immediately take her into custody because she has kids.

A further post on Monday announced: "She's back home where she belongs!"

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