No, it wasn’t an episode for Shark Week.
On Saturday afternoon at the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas, a shark named Miss Helen was taken from her tank and smuggled away in a baby stroller.
According to the aquarium, three thieves staked out the tide pool exhibit for an hour where the two-foot grey horn shark lived. The two men loitered around. The woman, meanwhile, carried an infant and pushed a stroller.
When the pool attendant turned away, the sharknappers pounced, grabbing Miss Helen and wrapping her in a blanket. They then put her in a bucket and wheeled her away in the pushchair.
Fortunately, the aquarium employees noticed the group’s suspicious movements and confronted them. The general manager asked to inspect the thieves’ van, but one of the men insisted that his child was sick and needed to go.
He quickly drove off, leaving behind his two accomplices.
The staff took note of the man’s license plate, and reported it to the police. Although initially skeptical, thinking the incident was a Shark Week prank, the cops got on the case and tracked down the suspect.
On Monday night, the authorities arrived at the man’s house, where they found a “home filled with fish tanks and other marine life.”
At first, the suspect claimed he bought Miss Helen, even showing a fake receipt, but the cops didn’t buy it. The two men later confessed to the crime. One of the men has been charged with theft while his co-conspirators have pending charges.
— Renee Santos (@RSantosTV) July 31, 2018
The police believe that the man had just lost a pet shark, and instead of buying a new one, he decided to just take Miss Helen.
“The individual obviously had some knowledge on how to deal with these types of animals, we said that from the very beginning, otherwise why take it?
Sadly, despite having recovered Miss Helen, the aquarium fears that she won’t survive after being placed in the bucket, which was partially filled with bleach solution. She is now being carefully reintroduced to her tank and is being monitored.