UPDATE: Rare Hickok Belt stolen from Roger Maris Museum
Fargo Police say a thief targeted a specific item in a break-in at the Roger Maris Museum in West Acres mall early Tuesday morning.
Mall officials conducted inventory and determined the Hickok Belt was missing. The belt was given to Roger Maris in 1961 as the Professional Athlete of the Year award.
The belt has a solid gold buckle and is encrusted with jewels.
Mall Property Manager Chris Heaton says this is deeply disturbing and appalling. Both Heaton and Fargo Police say the item is priceless.
"We are all disgusted by this," Heaton said at a news conference Tuesday morning.
Around 2:40 a.m., mall employees heard an alarm from the museum, which is located in the southeast corner of the mall.
They had been cleaning the area and initially thought something had dropped and broken a pane of glass surrounding numerous memorabilia items in the museum case, but then they discovered an exterior door on the southeast entrance of the mall had also been broken.
Police say surveillance video shows a man breaking the exterior mall door, running to the center of the Maris display case, breaking the glass, grabbing something, then running out of the mall.
Police say it appears the thief jumped into the passenger side of a car, so they suspect at least one more person was involved in the burglary.