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National Museum of Racing reopens after trophy thefts

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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (NEWS10 ABC) National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (NEWS10 ABC)
1905 Saratoga Special Trophy 1905 Saratoga Special Trophy
1914 Brook Cup Handicap Steeplechase Trophy 1914 Brook Cup Handicap Steeplechase Trophy
1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy 1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The National Museum of Racing reopens Tuesday after five trophies were stolen earlier this month.

Police say the trophies were stolen September 12 in a smash-and-grab style burglary. Saratoga Springs Police responded to an alarm call around 11:36 p.m., but the perpetrator had already fled the scene.

Police said there was forced entry into the museum, and the suspect was inside for less than three minutes.

The stolen trophies are the 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 and 1923 Grand National Steeplechase Trophy won by Sergeant Murphy.

Police believe the suspect is someone who "spent significant time in the building" based on the swiftness of the burglary.

After new leads, police believe the burglary may have been the work of the same person who stole more than a dozen trophies from the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Orange County as well as other trophy thefts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

No arrests have been made.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

It's regular fall hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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