The San Antonio Aquarium was the scene of a bizarre crime over the weekend. According to reports, a brave male thief reached into the tank and grabbed a gray horn shark from the exhibit. The shark was approximately two-feet long and the incident happened right in the middle of the day at around 2:15 p.m.
I can’t lie, that’s pretty impressive. Sure, this is no elaborate job and you certainly wouldn’t see the Ocean’s 11 crew plotting anything like it, but the amount of courage it takes to reach inside of an aquarium to pick up a shark can’t be understated. How did they get the shark out, though? Was it put in a onesie? These are the questions we need to be answered because walking around with a shark in a stroller can’t be normal unless San Antonio is more bizarre than we all imaged.
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A female suspect is also wanted in connection to the shark heist, according to the local CBS affiliate KENS5.
From the Leon Valley Police Department:
“The Leon Valley Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has been in contact with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) investigators concerning the theft of this marine animal. We are looking to the public to help us solve this case as quickly as possible so that we can hopefully recover the shark alive and get it to professionals for proper care of an animal of this type.”
Leon Valley police released a photo of the suspects leaving the aquarium with the stroller in question.
Leon Valley Police Department
Anyone with information about the suspects or the stolen shark — which authorities hope to find alive — is being urged to contact Sgt. Eddie Gonzales at 210-812-3347.
UPDATE: The shark was returned to the aquarium late Monday night, with two men confessing to the crime. The two men who confessed are neighbors, while police are still waiting to speak with the woman. The shark was alive and in good health.
“The individual obviously had some knowledge on how to deal with these types of animals, we said that from the very beginning, otherwise why take it? And when we got into the garage and into the house, it looked like almost a mockup of (the aquarium),” Salvaggio said, via KSAT. “He had a lot of different marine animals in the home. (He) very much knew what he was doing — kept that animal alive and was able to continue to see that animal thrive which was pretty shocking to all of us.
“He had had one of these in the past. I think the animal had died sometime in the past. Obviously he likes those types of animals.”