Two men have confessed to snatching a small shark from a Texas aquarium's interactive touch tank then whisking it away, wrapping in a blanket and concealing in a baby stroller, police say.
Footage from inside the aquarium shows two men and a woman sneaking the 2ft-3ft gray horn shark from the building on Saturday.
Police say the main suspect in the case seems to have known how to care for the shark, and that he might have meant to keep it with other animals in his home aquarium. As police swooped on the house, they discovered the shark, visibly well and unharmed, swimming in a tank in the man's garage. They then took the shark into a back room, put it in a bucket and put the entire bucket into a pram.
"Sharknapping: Unsuccessful! Welcome home Miss Helen!" the aquarium said. "The 16-inch-long horn shark was stolen from our tide pool exhibit while the attendant was assisting other guests", wrote the aquarium in a Facebook post shared nine hours ago.
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Aquarium manager Jenny Spellman told Global News that all three suspects were eventually apprehended and that the shark was on its way back to the facility in a transport bucket. Management caught up to the suspects in the parking lot and were denied access to both searching the vehicle and the stroller.
The suspects are facing charges for theft between $750 and $2,000. It shared surveillance video of the crime unfolding.
Police confirmed that a 38-year-old man was arrested on Monday night in connection with the theft, the Daily Mail reported.
Police have issued an appeal for information about two men and one woman, according to local station KSAT12. "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". She said she told him she had seen water leaking from the baby stroller.