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Tom Mix, Published June 24 2013

Maris tournament official says police report on stolen auction items upcoming

FARGO – Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament committee member and the event’s charity auction coordinator Jerry Rostad said he plans on filing a police report for stolen auction items from a storage facility in north Fargo in the coming days.

Rostad announced on Sunday during the tournament’s live and silent auction that 111 auction items had been stolen last month from a storage garage the event rents through Broadway Car Wash and Storage located at 3501 Broadway.

Rostad said he first learned the garage’s lock had been broken during Memorial Day weekend, but initial inspections by event organizers showed no items to be missing.

It wasn’t until last Saturday that Rostad learned that the items were missing from the garage.

“We didn’t know anything was missing until Saturday,” Rostad said. “By then it was so busy with the tournament starting. Absolutely we are going to file a police report now.

“When we first saw the broken lock the reaction was they must have opened it up and didn’t see anything of value so they shut it down and moved on,” Rostad added. It wasn’t until later that we found what they took.”

Rostad said the lock was cut and ripped off the garage and that of the 111 items missing 76 were autographed baseballs.

“I think it was a matter of happenstance,” Rostad said. “They decided to crack a lock, they picked our garage and why they picked ours, who knows? They were able to get in and took things that were fast and easy. It’s really unfortunate.”

The baseballs and other items stolen were stored in cardboard boxes which Rostad labels for inventory purposes.

“I didn’t pay too close attention to the items in the locker,” Rostad said “I wished I would have, but it wasn’t until this Saturday before the auction that I leaned items were missing.”

The auction still took place on Sunday at the Holiday Inn.

Rostad said the security of the tournament’s materials will be brought up following the event, which took place June 22-24.

“I think we need to look at that as a committee,” Rostad said of storing the items. “Every year at the end of the tournament we looked at what worked well and what do we need to different. This situation will get factored into that conversation.”