SeaWorld Burglars Turn Out to Be ... Frat Pledges
2 were apprehended, admit to also stealing ice cream
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2014 1:21 PM CDT
Beluga whales seen at Sea World in San Antonio.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Amid the annals of deadly fraternity hazing stories comes one that involves ... marine mammals and Dippin' Dots. Two of as many as seven alleged burglars who busted their way into San Antonio's SeaWorld around 2am Wednesday say they were there on orders from a frat they were pledging, though they refused to give up its name. Huy Quang May, 18, and University of Houston student Duc Thien Nguyen, 23, were arrested after employees spotted them in the park and alerted park security and San Antonio police.

The two said they had been tasked with taking selfies with SeaWorld creatures after nightfall, reports the Houston Chronicle; no word on whether they accomplished that, but they did admit to breaking into a Dippin' Dots kiosk's freezer and stealing $16 worth of ice cream, which they began to eat. Their other reveal: May says he accessed the park by climbing a tree. But the two wouldn't say where the others, or their would-be getaway vehicle, were, and a helicopter search turned up nothing. May and Nguyen were hit with criminal trespass and theft charges, reports KHOU. (In other fraternity news, the "deadliest" frat in the US has banned pledging.)

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TwoSheds
Mar 15, 2014 8:21 PM CDT
Turd Burglars
Rondo
Mar 15, 2014 10:50 AM CDT
If they weren't members of a fraternity they'd be guilty of breaking&entering and theft. Since they ARE members of a fraternity they're guilty of breaking&entering and theft....
iq145
Mar 14, 2014 11:42 PM CDT
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