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Man accused of stealing shark from aquarium arrested in separate theft case

August 11, 2018

The man who made national headlines for the bizarre, alleged theft of a shark last month in Leon Valley has been identified by police as the suspect in another theft case.

Anthony Sinclair Shannon, 38, is charged with theft less than $2,500 enhanced, making it a state jail felony, because he has two prior convictions for theft, authorities said.

On July 25, an H-E-B employee found a security device had been discarded in the appliance section and took it to their loss prevention associate, according to Shannon’s arrest warrant affidavit. When the associate reviewed the store’s security cameras, Shannon could be seen taking a box of pots and pans, which investigators noted was valued at $250, investigators said.

He is then seen removing the security device and taking the box to the customer service counter, the affidavit states. There, he attempts to do a “no receipt return” for the merchandise, investigators said.

After the clerk denied the return, he is seen picking up the box and walking out of the front door, the affidavit states.

Five days later, news would break that a suspect had stolen a gray horn shark named Miss Helen on July 28 from the San Antonio Aquarium, 6320 Bandera Road, according to Leon Valley police.

The next day, as images flashed on TV of Shannon being the accused mastermind behind the marine heist, the loss prevention associate recognized Shannon’s picture as the same man who stole from his HEB, the affidavit states.

The detective investigating the theft also reviewed the security camera footage and the images, noting in the affidavit that it was Shannon’s physical build, facial features and distinct tattoos on his arms that helped him identify the suspect.

County records show that Shannon was convicted twice in two separate cases of vehicle theft between $1,500 and $20,000. Those occurred in June 1998 and April 2000.

Shannon’s bail was set at $10,000, but he was released Friday after posting bond, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

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