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

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

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

Police said a man reached into a salt water tank in the San Antonio Aquarium and grabbed the two-foot long baby horn shark.

Two men were seen on surveillance video emerging from a back room, stuffing the bucket into a stroller and leaving the aquarium.

Officials said the aquarium was working closely with Leon Valley and San Antonio Police Departments to recover the shark and arrest the suspects.

The incident unfolded on Saturday, when an employee spotted three people near an interactive shark touch pool, the aquarium said on Facebook.

"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. Charges against the other two suspects are pending, Salvaggio said. "But it turns out someone actually went inside the aquarium there in Leon Valley and stole a horn shark". A third has not confessed, he said. It is said that the bucket used to spirit the shark away was filled with bleach solution, posing a substantial health risk for the disoriented creature.

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The suspects may face felony theft charges once caught.

"I am so, so happy that we got her back, and she's healthy".

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Bizarre shark heist in San Antonio The aquarium says employees who thought something was happening followed the suspects to their vehicle, but they did not allow them to search either the auto or the stroller.

According to Jen Spellman, general manager of the San Antonio Aquarium, an employee noticed what was going on and immediately notified management.

You can see the surveillance video below. It added: "The suspects were confronted in the parking lot but could not be detained". Another man is then seen depositing a blanket-wrapped item into a stroller and walking off, accompanied by the first man and a woman carrying a child.

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