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Shark that was stolen using a stroller at a Texas aquarium found safe

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 15:20:10-04

The Leon Valley Police Department has found the suspects who stole a shark from an aquarium on Saturday. The shark was returned home safe on Monday.

According to Leon Valley police, 38-year-old Anthony Shannon was arrested for the theft of the shark. Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said they expect to get the arrest warrants for the other two suspects on Tuesday. All the suspects are cooperating and have given confessions.

Shannon was charged with theft over $2,500 and under $30,000.

Two men and one woman were seen in the San Antonio Aquarium standing near a large saltwater tank on Saturday. One of the men reached into the tank and removed a two-foot, gray in color, horn shark from the exhibit, according to Leon Valley police.

The individuals moved to another part of the building and wrapped the shark into a blanket and placed it in a stroller. They left the aquarium with the shark in the stroller.

A four-door maroon Chevrolet Silverado truck left the aquarium with the shark. Chief Salvaggio said they recovered the vehicle used in the theft.

“The Leon Valley Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has been in contact with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) investigators concerning the theft of this marine animal. 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.”

The General Manager of the San Antonio Aquarium Jen Spellman said that as of Monday evening, the shark is still alive.

"SAPD confirmed that there is a suspect in custody who has given a confession and says the shark is still alive," Spellman said. "Police are working on getting a warrant as we speak to retrieve the shark and bring it home."

The shark was found at the suspect's house Monday night and was brought back to the aquarium safe. 

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