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Thieves use baby stroller to steal shark from Texas aquarium

July 31, 2018

Thieves use baby stroller to steal shark from Texas aquarium

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A young gray horn shark was returned safely to an aquarium Monday after police say it was stolen by three suspects who used a baby stroller to sneak it out.

One of the suspects, an unidentified 38-year-old man, has been charged with theft, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Two other people, a male and female, are expected to face charges.

Officials at the San Antonio Aquarium tell NBC News that the suspects brought their own net to snag the shark from a “touch pool” exhibit on Saturday. The aquarium estimates the shark’s value at about $2,000.

The Express-News reports the suspects wrapped the nearly 3-foot-long shark in a blanket then put it in a stroller before quickly leaving. Managers caught up to the suspects in the parking lot but were unable to stop them, NBC News reports.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio tells the Express-News that the 38-year-old suspect says he used to have a gray horn shark but it died.

“When the suspect came home, he gave us consent to go in the house,” Salvaggio said. “He took us right to where the shark was and pointed (her) out. Initially they were going to show us an old receipt for this type of shark, but it was obviously doctored and the gig was up.”

Aquarium officials say the shark appears to be in good health but it will be monitored over the next few days.

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