SAN ANTONIO — That’s one way to take a bite out of crime.
A Texas man was arrested after he helped steal a shark right out of a tank at an aquarium and then wheel it out in a baby stroller, cops said.
The brazen burglary occurred Saturday afternoon at the San Antonio Aquarium when two men and a woman walked up to an open-topped tank amidst a crowd of people and lifted a one-and-a-half foot long gray horn shark out of the water with a towel, Leon Valley police said.
Surveillance video showed the three suspects then take the animal into a back room, where they placed it in a bucket and then put the bucket into a baby stroller which they wheeled out the front gate unnoticed, the cops said.
The heist was so bizarre that cops initially thought it was a hoax when aquarium staff called to report it.
“When we first got the call, we thought it was kind of a hoax being that it was Shark Week last week,” Leon Valley police Chief Joseph Salvaggio told KSAT-TV.
Late Monday, cops said they had picked up one of the suspects and had recovered the shark and were zeroing in on the other two culprits. Staff at the aquarium said the shark appeared unhurt.
According to the San Antonio Express, the 38-year-old man in custody — whose name had not been released — faced a charge of theft between $750 and $2,500.