HOOKER! New Details On Attempted Sharknapping From Gumbo Limbo

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Who tried to hook a shark at the Gumbo Limbo nature center?

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — We have just received an update to the police report we published yesterday concerning the attempted theft of a shark from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. We have learned that an Aquarist knew something was up when he saw the shark with a hook in its mouth.

Here’s the complete report:

On 10/11/14, at approximately 1037 hours, I responded to 1801 N Ocean Blvd(Gumbo Limbo Nature Center) in reference to a burglary and attempted theft of a bonnethead shark. Upon arrival, I spoke with an Aquarist who works at the facility.

According to the Aquarist and other staff members, the incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 1815 hrs(10/10) and 0800 hrs today.

The Aquarist advised the shark was discovered with a fishing hook lodged under its left jaw. He pointed out that a fishing net was found in the tank that houses the shark. He also noted that another net was found tangled up with a manifold(housed in a small enclosed area). There was no other suspicious things noted or left behind.(Please note the tank in which the shark is kept is referred to as the north pavilion) The Aquarist reported nothing taken in the incident.

The point of entry is unknown at this time. There are roll-up doors from the main center that lead to the outdoor pavilions and exhibits. They were in use last evening and there was no evidence that they were pried or attempted to be breached. There is a fence to the rear and sides of the property. Nothing suspicious was found near the fences.(The Aquarist believes it possible the offender(s) may have went over the fence as they appear to be only 6 feet in height)

The Aquarist noted the gate that leads onto the property from N Ocean Blvd was found open this morning at approximately 0700 hours. It is unknown if the open gate is related to the incident.

The Aquarist advised there are security cameras throughout the property(maintained by the city) and specifically the north and south pavilions.