A West Chester businessman is offering a $500 reward after thieves stole more than $100,000 in sports memorabilia.
Mark Fugate, co-owner of Sports Gallery in West Chester, said the theft occurred sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning from a locked trailer parked behind the shop at 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
Fugate said he and other employees had only unloaded half of the 25 foot trailer’s contents after returning from Redsfest Sunday evening.
“This show wiped us out with the weather and everything. We were too exhausted to go any further so we locked it up and parked it in the back of our building to finish up Monday,” he said.
Fugate said more than $100,000 of items were stolen, including autographed baseballs, jerseys and bats. Among the items stolen were baseballs signed by Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams, valued at $500 and $400 respectively.
Sports Gallery is offering a $500 reward for clues in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Chester Police Department at 513-777-2231.
The company has also contacted area pawn shops, is actively monitoring local online classified and auction sites and sent out an email blast to its 20,000 customers. It also plans to beef up security by adding outdoor surveillance cameras.
“It’s an unusual amount of stuff and I don’t know how they plan on moving stuff because we have a lot of eyes and ears looking out for it,” Fugate said.