Shark stolen from Texas aquarium by thieves with baby stroller

Trio of thieves put shark in baby stroller, roll it out of the San Antonio Aquarium

Security video provided to NBC News on Monday shows the alleged sharknappers strolling through the aquarium's hallway pushing the baby carriage along on Saturday before they drove off with the 16-inch shark in a red pickup truck.

"Luckily the thief was someone who knew what he was doing", said Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio.

Salvaggio told San Antonio TV station KSAT that one of the men was knowledgeable about marine life and likely went to the aquarium specifically for that shark.

Salvaggio said the men confessed to the shark snatching, and investigators planned to talk with the woman Tuesday. The man is then seen putting the bucket inside a baby stroller and leaving the aquarium, accompanied by a man and a woman, thought to be his accomplices.

"Sharknapping: Unsuccessful! Welcome home Miss Helen!" the aquarium said. "She is doing good so far, and we are hopeful she will recover fully from the shock, and return to her home she is used to", says the aquarium.

Mr Salvaggio told reporters he thought the suspect had meant to add the shark, which is valued at around $2,000 (£1,500), to his collection rather than sell it on.

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An employee witnessed these weird antics and immediately told aquarium managers.

The suspects may face felony theft charges once caught.

Surveillance video taken at about 2 p.m. captures a man leaning over into the exhibit and emerging with the shark in a net.

"We are offering a reward for any tips that lead to the recovery of this animal", the aquarium said, without specifying what the reward would be.

Although police had initially said that they did not expect the shark to survive the theft, the thief who allegedly confessed to the crime has said that the shark is still alive. "I can't believe what she's been through, she's a little fighter".

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