Two Texas Men Admit to Stealing Shark From Aquarium

Published August 1st, 2018 - 09:52 GMT
(AFP/ File Photo)
(AFP/ File Photo)

Two Texas men have admitted to stealing a shark from an aquarium in San Antonio and hiding it in a baby stroller, police said Monday.

The incident occurred on Saturday and was caught on surveillance video from inside the San Antonio Aquarium. The footage shows one of the men standing over an open-top aquarium and grabbing the 1.5-foot-long horn shark out of the water with his hands. He then appears to nod to the other, who's holding a bag, and the two leave.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said the pair put the shark into the bag and then a bucket hidden inside a baby stroller.

In a Facebook post, the San Antonio Aquarium said an employee saw the man take the shark out of the water and alerted management. When the men tried to leave, a manager asked if he could search their vehicle, but the men refused and left.

Aquarium employees noted the men's license plate number, and authorities quickly located the suspected shark snatchers. The shark was recovered in good health, as police said the suspects had experience with marine animals and placed the shark in a proper environment.

"Luckily the thief was someone who knew what he was doing," Salvaggio told KABB-TV.

A local ad for a shark for sale may be related to the case.

The shark was returned to the aquarium. The suspects face felony charges for theft.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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