Horn shark stolen from San Antonio Aquarium in baby pram returned

01 August, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Three People Stole A Shark From An Aquarium By Hiding It In A Pram

Then they put the bucket in a baby stroller and rolled it away from the scene of the crime on Saturday afternoon, according to Salvaggio.

If you're picturing the shark tucked into a damp blanky and wearing a bonnet as she was wheeled past security guards, the truth of the matter isn't quite that evocative - but it's almost as unlikely.

The two men, who have not been named, have confessed to the theft, Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio told a press conference Monday night.

According to Jen Spellman, general manager of the San Antonio Aquarium, an employee noticed what was going on and immediately notified management. The trio are accused of stealing a 16-inch-long Horn shark after pouring a bucket of bleach into the aquarium's cold water exhibit filtration system. Surveillance video shows one man reach into the pool, wrap the 1-year-old shark in a wet blanket and put her in a stroller.

Police have issued an appeal for information about two men and one woman, according to local station KSAT12.


On Monday night, police successfully rescued the shark and returned her to the aquarium. That led police to a truck belonging to one of the suspects.

The marine life in the garage was left in the care of the woman seen in surveillance footage. Stellman said she and Jamie Shank, the aquarium's assistant director of husbandry, were present for the rescue.

The aquarium said the thieves brought their own net with them to snag the shark from an interactive "touch pool" at the tide pool exhibit while an attendant was assisting other visitors. "He didn't say that, but from looking at the other animals there, more than likely it was something that he wanted", he said.

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

The shark was valued at approximately $2,000. "He had had one of these in the past. obviously he likes those types of animals". While they are carnivores, their diet mostly consists of small fish and invertebrates. "And now that we actually have her here, I'm overjoyed".

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