Saratoga Auto Museum reports theft of valuable hood ornament
SARATOGA SPRINGS — new York State Park Police are investigating the theft of a hood ornament valued at up to $3,000 from the Saratoga Springs Automobile Museum in Saratoga Spa State Park.State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation spokesman Dan Keefe said the hood ornament — taken from a 1931 Pierce-Arrow — was reported missing Nov. 7. “It’s under investigation,” he said.According to the website of the Pierce-Arrow Society, the vehicles were manufactured from 1903 to 1938 in Buffalo.While they were in business, the company supplied cars to the White House for use by the president, and sold cars to the royal families of Japan, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Belgium. Other famous owners included Orville Wright, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Adolphus Busch and J.D. Rockefeller.Jean Hoffman, chairwoman of the museum’s board of trustees, said that three couples and an individual were in the museum at the time of the theft, which was reported within 15 minutes of museum staff noticing its disappearance.the vehicle the ornament was taken from was donated in 2004 by board vice-chair Wayne D. Freihofer“We will get a replacement somewhere down the road, hopefully by donation,” Hoffman said, refuting reports published Monday that a donor had agreed to donate a temporary replacement ornament.Hoffman said she was not aware of anything having ever been stolen from the museum before this incident.Anyone with information about the missing ornament should contact park police at Saratoga Spa State Park at 584-2004. the Pierce-Arrow Society’s website is www.pierce-arrow.org.Reach Patrick Donges at firstname.lastname@example.org or 583-8729, ext. 219.
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