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Wiped shark from San Antonio Aquarium in stroller; the suspect allegedly confesses



A suspect accused of stealing a shark from a Texas aquarium this weekend in a buggy was reported to confess the bizarre crime and told officials that the animal was still alive.

San Antonio Aquarium General Manager Jenny Spellman told KSAT the police have told her that the suspect is in custody and the police are recovering the 1.5-foot horned shark.

According to the investigators, two men and one woman removed the shark on Saturday afternoon from an open tank where visitors can pet the sea life. In a statement, the aquarium said that the trio had "staked out the pool for over an hour" before taking the animal.

The identity of the suspect who had been the police was not immediately clear.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joe Salvaggio said one of the men grabbed the shark's tail while the other two involved wrapped it in a damp blanket. Then the men put the shark in a bucket and put the bucket in the lower part of a baby carriage.

The group then put their unusual cargo in a maroon truck.

The aquarium said that while putting the shark in the bucket, the group dumped a bleach solution that was used to disinfect tools in the cold water filtration system. He said the solution caused "damage to other wildlife," adding, "If the fast-acting experienced staff had not been, the bleach would have done more damage."

Spellman told KABB that one of her employees had discovered the suspect group and alerted administration. Spellman introduced the group to the parking lot, but one of the men refused their request to search the truck.

Salvaggio said the motive for the theft was unclear, but said that the group seemed to know exactly what they were looking for. [19659012]
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