SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A reward of $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglar who stole five trophies during a break-in earlier this month at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.
The Saratoga Springs Police Department says that the award is being offered in connection with the Sept. 12 smash-and-grab burglary. The thief made off with five historic trophies, including the Tiffany silver prize awarded to the winner of the 1903 Belmont Stakes.
The other four stolen trophies are the 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.
Saratoga Springs police said last week that they believe the same person pulled off the theft of 14 trophies worth $300,000 from the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen last December.
The Saratoga museum reopened Tuesday for the first time since the burglary.
The reward is being offered by StarNet Insurance Company.
Any information or questions should be directed to the Saratoga Springs Police Department through Inv. Laura Emanatian at (518) 584-1800 ext. 3402 or Inv. James Bell at (518) 584-1800 ext. 3492.