CHICAGO: Police in the US state of Texas have recovered a small shark smuggled out of an aquarium in a baby carriage by three thieves, and arrested one of the alleged culprits.
Police found the shark early Monday, two days after it was taken from the San Antonio Aquarium in a daring mid-day heist.
Three thieves were caught on surveillance video removing the shark from its display, placing it in a bucket and smuggling it out in a stroller. They drove away in a red truck as aquarium staff were catching up with them.
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Police found the truck and tips helped them trace the vehicle Monday to the home of Antone Shannon, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The 38-year-old confessed to the crime and has been charged with theft, the Express-News said.
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"He had a lot of different marine animals in the home, very much knew what he was doing," Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio told reporters late Monday.
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The shark was said to be in good condition and held in quarantine.
It posed no danger to humans during its time away. Horn sharks are a coastal species that typical grow to only about three feet in length and eat other marine animals such as crustaceans.