09/24/2013 2:12PM

Reward offered for information about racing museum burglary


An insurance company associated with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is offering a $20,000 reward for “information leading to the arrest, recovery, and conviction” of the individual who stole five trophies from the museum Sept. 12, according to the museum.

The reward is being offered by StarNet Insurance Co., which has written policies insuring the museum’s assets, according to Brian Bouyea, a spokesman for the museum. The burglary took place late at night after the perpetrator broke into the museum and smashed a display case.

Among the stolen trophies was the 1903 Belmont Stakes Trophy won by Africander and the 1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy won by Sergeant Murphy. All five trophies were either made of gold or silver, museum officials have said, and trophies might have already been melted down.

The insurance company has performed an appraisal to determine the value of the trophies, but the company does not want the value to be publicly released because two of the stolen trophies were on loan, including the 1903 Belmont trophy, which is the property of the New York Racing Association, Bouyea said.

Police investigating the burglary have said they believe there is a connection between the burglary and a similar incident at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame last December. In that theft, 14 trophies worth an estimated $300,000 were stolen. None have been recovered.

mikey More than 1 year ago
Check who did not get into the HOF this year.Was Rick D in town that day,
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. How could extremely valuable trophies at least for their intrinsic value of gold and silver be left virtually unguarded, especially after the Harness Hall of Fame theft? If it smells like an inside job and looks like an inside job, it must be an inside job.
Satram Parbhudial More than 1 year ago
chrch the maintenance n the security on staff ...street cameras people
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
sounds like an inside job!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Tough lesson. learn from it ,protect these treasures better.theyre scrap metal now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I recall correctly, Africander dominated the 1903 Belmont Stakes. I'd love to have that trophy in my living room.
jay More than 1 year ago
If anyone wants to split the reward money, I will let you turn me in.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
What you talking about jay, I had Corfu, paynter and this week speak logistics. Don't tempt me
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Had my house broke into this week. I wish there were tougher sentences for burglars. One of the top scum bag crimes in America. Hope they catch them
Stephen Stankiewicz More than 1 year ago
Whom ever did this is a crumb!
Jeanne More than 1 year ago
This is so sad!!! May the police catch the thugs who did this, and, soon!!!!