Shark safely returned to aquarium after stroller heist

Trio of thieves put shark in baby stroller, roll it out of the San Antonio Aquarium

The men put the shark in the bucket and stashed it on the stroller to make their getaway.

A third suspect has not confessed, and police are unsure if she will face charges. At this time there is no known motive for why they made a decision to steal a shark.

The aquarium is in Leon Valley, a suburb northwest of downtown San Antonio. But this fish tale has a happy ending - Ms. Helen is safely back at home. The incident took place at the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas on Saturday, July 28. The snatched shark has been recovered and returned to a petting tank. He is then joined by the first man and by a woman carrying a young child.

Describing the heist to the media, Spellman said the bucket had originally contained a 5 percent bleach solution, leading aquarium officials to worry for Ms. Helen's health. Miss Helen was found alive in the garage of a San Antonio home that looked like a "mock-up" of the aquarium, Salvaggio said.

The trio suspected of stealing the 2-foot-long (0.6 meters) shark allegedly lifted her from an open saltwater pool, an exhibit that contained several shark species that visitors are allowed to touch, KSAT12 reported.

A shark was dressed up as a baby, put into a pushchair, and stolen from an aquarium in broad daylight.

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Authorities used the license plate of the truck to locate one of the suspects. Stellman said she and Jamie Shank, the aquarium's assistant director of husbandry, were present for the rescue. He seemingly abandoned the woman and other man seen in the video.

They had "staked out the pool for more than an hour" before the heist, per the aquarium.

Salvaggio said that one of the men had knowledge of aquariums and likely went to the aquarium specifically for that shark. "Obviously, he likes those types of animals".

"Ms Helen (our horn shark) is in quarantine right now resting".

Video of Miss Helen's return to the aquarium showed the staff waiting to greet her, bursting into raucous cheering and clapping when she arrived. "And now that we actually have her here, I'm overjoyed".

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