Shark safely returned to aquarium after stroller heist

"When we got into the garage and into the house it looked like nearly a mock up of [the San Antonio Aquarium]", Leon Valley police chief Joseph Salvaggio was quoted as saying.

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. The second man is seen putting the shark - now wrapped in a blanket - into the baby stroller.

The man, according to police, allowed them to enter his home and pointed them to where the shark was being kept. The man told police he had had a horn shark of his own, but the animal died.

A third suspect has not confessed, and police are unsure if she will face charges.

One suspect is in custody and "the shark is alive and well and on its way back to the aquarium", Jenny Spellman, the aquarium's general manager, told NBC News on Monday night. A net, a bucket, a blanket and a baby stroller.


Spellman said her reaction was "just absolute shock".

Monday night, the aquarium again took to Facebook to post video of the shark's return.

"When we first got the call, we thought it was kind of a hoax being that it was Shark Week last week", Salvaggio said, referencing the Discovery Channel's week-long TV programming dedicated to sharks. Apparently the suspects had experience working with these animals. Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio says two others are expected to be charged.

Salvaggio said that the man tried to show police a doctored receipt for the shark, but, Salvaggio said they immediately noticed the receipt was fraudulent. The trio is seen on the video hanging around the tank where visitors can feed the fish and reach in the water and pet various sea life. The Aquarium said that the shark's value is estimated at around $2,000. "Obviously, he likes those types of animals". "I'm really proud of her and I'm so overjoyed to have her back".

  • Tracy Klein