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Valuable trophies stolen from Racing Hall of Fame
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Valuable trophies were stolen from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Saratoga Springs police are investigating the theft of 5 trophies dating back to 1903.
Police say at 11:36 p.m. Thursday night an alarm was tripped at the alarm company. Police arrived to find 2 trophy cases smashed. 5 gold trophies were discovered missing with a value exceeding $100,000.
Police say the person that did this seemed very familiar with the building and knew what they were looking for. They do not believe it was a former employee.
Video evidence has been sent to the State Police lab.
The stolen trophies were:
1903 Belmont Stakes Trophy, won by Africander
1903 Brighton Cup Trophy, won by Hermis
1905 Saratoga Special Trophy, won by Mohawk II
1914 Brook Cup Handicap Steeplechase Trophy, won by Compliment
1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy, won by Sergeant Murphy
"These trophies are irreplaceable. We are saddened by this unfortunate event and hopeful that the investigation leads to the apprehension of the individual or individuals who committed this crime and the return of the trophies," said Christopher Dragone, Director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department at (518) 584-1800. Please direct any inquiries about the investigation to Saratoga Springs Police Department Investigations Lieutenant John Catone.