The 16-inch horn shark was taken during a robbery that the aquarium officials said was not spontaneous, let's steal a shark.
"The suspects have staked the pool for more than an hour" to wait for the right moment, "the aquarium said in a statement.
The search for the young female shark, known as Miss Helen, led police Monday to the house of a man who maintains a large number According to the chief of police of the suburb of San Antonio, where the aquarium is located, a collection of marine life has been created.
"When we got into the garage and into the house, it almost looked like a replica of (the San Antonio Aquarium). Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said. "He knew very much what he did and kept this animal alive."
The Great Hai Robbery
The surveillance video released by the aquarium on its Facebook page caught the robbery. Two men and a woman with a toddler wandered the grounds with a stroller in tow. The trio can be seen on the video hanging around the tank, where visitors can feed the fish, reach into the water and caress various marine life.
One of the men bends quickly and pulls something out of the aquarium Official said he brought it with him. The man then disappears from the camera range, his male companion follows him while the woman walks around with the baby.
"After grabbing the shark, they entered one of our filtration rooms where they (a) poured a bucket of bleach solution. Employees used to disinfect tools in our cold water filtration system harm other wildlife," it says in the grounds of the aquarium. The men put the shark in the bucket and stowed it on the stroller to recover.
Fast-acting personnel realized what had happened and were able to prevent the bleach from causing more damage.
And from there the Haijagd continued.
Bring Miss Helen home
On Monday night, the police successfully rescued the shark and returned it to the aquarium. The staff applauded and cheered as Miss Helen returned home.
The police do not believe that the shark was put up for sale, but was added to the suspect's collection.
"It was something he wanted, he had one of them in the past," said Salvaggio. "He had one that died."
A man was charged with theft and, according to Salvaggio, two more people are still pending.
Miss Helen is now being quarantined as the staff tests the water she was being held in and invites her back into the aquarium environment.
"I'm so happy that we got her back and she seems to be very healthy." Jamie Shank from the San Antonio Aquarium told KSAT how the shark arrived. "I can not believe what she's been through, she's a little fighter, she's a survivor."