CCTV footage from the San Antonio Aquarium shows two men and a woman sneaking about the aquarium in the middle of the day, before picking the grey shark out of the petting tank, wrapping it in a blanket, sticking it into a baby's pram, and then making off with it.
Salvaggio said one of the men grabbed the shark by its tail while another wrapped it in a wet blanket, went into a back room, put the shark in a bucket and put the bucket in the stroller. Police say they found the shark at the home of the main suspect in the heist.
Shannon attempted to block his face from KSAT photographers, repeatedly denying any involvement in the shark theft.
Aquarium officials weren't sure if the shark would survive, but officials found her "thriving" in the home.
The General Manager of the San Antonio Aquarium Jen Spellman said that as of Monday evening, the shark is still alive.
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She was put into a bucket of water, which was then put onto a stroller to make it look as if the fish was a young child.
"They staked out that exhibit waiting for the employee to leave", Covino said.
Ms. Helen is part of a pool exhibit at the aquarium that allows patrons to pet the more docile sharks.
Salvaggio continued: "When we got into the garage and into the house it looked like nearly a mock-up of [the San Antonio Aquarium]". "One was a 6,000 gallon tank, one was a 2,000 gallon tank", said Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio. In a video, Miss Helen can be seen swimming near the surface of a large circular tank that also had an array of colorful corals inside. Horn sharks grow to be about three feet in length and are bottom-feeders native to the North American Pacific, according to Sharksider. "Obviously, he likes those types of animals".
"From that point on I knew that we were at least going to get justice if we weren't going to get the shark back", Covino said.