The annual Roger Maris golf tournament takes place Monday in the late slugger’s hometown of Fargo, ND. It’s a fundraiser for various local charities and as usual, a Sunday night sports memorabilia auction was part of the event.
A burglar dressed as a security guard ran into the mall, smashed a glass display and back out a mall entrance where it’s believed a getaway car awaited. It was a bizarre scene that played out on a grainy security camera in the middle of the night.
According to law enforcement officials in North Dakota, the FBI has now taken over the investigation, which could be tied to other high-dollar sports memorabilia thefts at museums in other parts of the country.
“You never want to see anything taken from you, especially in a theft,” Roger Maris Jr., told the Fargo Forum. “Life goes on and you just regroup and move forward. Hopefully one day they’ll find that stuff and bring it back.”
The mall increased security measures after the theft but there are no plans to move the memorabilia.
“I think really that the museum still stands for Roger and what he stood for,” said West Acres Mall Property Manager Chris Heaton. “It still celebrates his life and his achievements, and not having those two pieces there is not going to detract from what he accomplished and what the museum stands for as a whole.”