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$300,000 worth of items taken from Harness Racing Museum

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Albany/HV: $300,000 worth of items taken from Harness Racing Museum
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Glass is smashed through at an Orange County museum and rare, valuable items were stolen. As YNN's Elaina Athans tells us, the museum is offering a sizeable amount of money to get the collectibles back.

GOSHEN, N.Y. -- "They're no longer here for anybody to enjoy," said Harness Racing Museum Director Janet Terhune.

A display case that once housed extremely valuable items is now barren at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. 14 pieces snatched with a totaled value of $300,000.

"We're outraged. we're sadden, dismayed that these historic and artistic treasures were stolen," said Terhune.

A couple pieces were targeted. The Memphis Gold Challenge Cup, which is made out of 18 carat gold. Then a Faberge soup tureen and ladle. It was made in 1912 and was a gift from Czar Nicholas of Russia to wealthy tycoon CKG Billings.

"It was a gesture of international friendship and as a thank you for his bringing horses over to Russia to raise," said Terhune.

A reward has been set up for information leading to the return of these valuable items. $10,000 is being offered.

"These were priceless museum treasures we hope to get them back," said Terhune.

The Goshen Police Department is handling the case. Folks with any information should call them. The museum thinks the theft happened either Monday night or Tuesday morning. There is insurance on the pieces so the museum can recoup money, but that's not want they want the most.

"These are very valuable items to the museum. Not only valuable in monetary terms, but just in their historic significance," said Terhune.

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