Shark stolen from San Antonio Aquarium is rescued, returned; 1 arrested

Shark stolen from San Antonio Aquarium is rescued, returned; 1 arrested

Two men have confessed to snatching a shark from an aquarium by wrapping it in a blanket to disguise it as a baby, police say.

The horn shark, less than a year old, didn't appear harmed when returned to the aquarium Monday night in a large plastic container.

The shark was then wrapped in a wet blanket and put in the bucket and wheeled out in a stroller.

The suspects then allegedly disguised the shark as a baby in a stroller and exited the building.

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 man told police he had had a horn shark of his own, but the animal died. The two men are facing theft charges.

Aquarium officials weren't sure if the shark would survive, but officials found her "thriving" in the home.

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

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Covino told USA Today that the thieves were trying to sell the shark on Facebook. Police said the men put the shark into a bucket before placing it into the stroller.

"They staked out that exhibit waiting for the employee to leave", Covino said.

The aquarium also posted live video of the shark's return on Monday night, prompting many concerned aquarium lovers to sigh in relief.

Aquarium employees noted the men's license plate number, and authorities quickly located the suspected shark snatchers.

"When we first got the call, we thought it was kind of a hoax being that it was Shark Week last week", Salvaggio said.

Shannon was seen stealing Miss Helen while visiting the aquarium with a man and woman.

"She is back home, where she belongs!" The trio is seen on the video hanging around the tank where visitors can feed the fish and reach in the water and pet various sea life. Here's what a horn shark looks like, though it is not the shark in question. "Obviously, he likes those types of animals".

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