Miss Helen the shark is back where she belongs thanks to tips on a Facebook post.
In what can only be described as a bizarre plan, three crooks were caught on surveillance cameras stealing a horn shark named Miss Helen from the San Antonio Aquarium on Monday night. In the video a man is seen removing the shark from the tank while another man brings over a baby stroller. The shark is wrapped in a towel and wheel away in the stroller.
Police were tipped off about a Facebook post selling a horn shark for $300. Following that lead led to the arrest of two of the three suspects. Miss Helen was returned to the Aquarium unharmed.
Talking to reporters, Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said the thieves had a mock up of the aquarium in their garage and knew what they were doing:
Luckily, the thief was somebody who knew what he was doing. Luckily for the shark and for the aquarium, we were able to get that animal back in one piece.
Texas authorities found a shark that was stolen from the San Antonio Aquarium by three suspects who concealed the a… https://t.co/93XriTMd8x— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1533035768.0
WATCH: Surveillance video from the San Antonio Aquarium shows a man lifting a shark out of the water then making of… https://t.co/yHa3VatMYk— ABC World News Now (@ABC World News Now)1533029112.0
Miss Helen was positively identified.
BREAKING: The shark stolen from the San Antonio Aquarium has been rescued 🚨 (video @SAAquarium) https://t.co/plzDxb3C9G— Michelle Broder Van Dyke (@Michelle Broder Van Dyke)1533001442.0
New video from the @SAAquarium shows the shark rescue. The female shark is being positively identified as the same… https://t.co/jQmcG5j9DZ— Michelle Broder Van Dyke (@Michelle Broder Van Dyke)1533005045.0
Miss Helen, the shark who was smuggled out of an aquarium in a baby stroller over the weekend, has been safely retu… https://t.co/LiWbnHIUru— NPR (@NPR)1533050100.0
People were still scratching their heads at this harebrained idea.
@NPR Why would someone do this— ik3 (@ik3)1533051106.0
@NPR Wtf is wrong with people— MrsRobot 🏳️🌈 (@MrsRobot 🏳️🌈)1533050135.0
And then came the jokes.
@NPR The sharknapper took one look at the first shark diaper change and ran it back!— PrincipledHuman (@PrincipledHuman)1533050765.0
@NPR The aquarium staff and cops knew something was fishy right away. Unfortunately they squidn't catch the school of thieves fast enough.— PLHodge (@PLHodge)1533050709.0
@NPR Someone took finding dory too seriously— Ami Katagiri (@Ami Katagiri)1533051978.0
@NPR This is the best part. "Police say they found the shark at the home of the main suspect in the heist. Both are now in captivity."— Alison Keffer (@Alison Keffer)1533050611.0
We are happy that Miss Helen is safe.