Wednesday, January 9, 2013

St. Pete Shuffle robbed of vintage game relics

Posted by on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

These items were taken from the club sometime late Friday night on January 4.
  • St. Pete Shuffle
  • These items were taken from the club sometime late Friday night on January 4.
The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, home to the world's largest shuffleboard court, was robbed of several trophies, a vintage scoreboard, and several giant vintage postcards.

"We don't know exactly when but it was late Friday night," said club manager Christine Page on Wednesday afternoon. "I ran through the club early Saturday morning and noticed one of the large postcard prints was gone but it didn't occur to me that it was stolen."

But during the club's board meeting this week, it didn't take long to notice that the prints along with several vintage shuffleboard trophies and a scoreboard had gone missing.

"They took the 1930's Festival of States reader board, which is a scoreboard with all the states written on it," Page said. "The prints were decoration but they also took eight of the oldest trophies."

Those trophies date back to the 1930s-1950s.

"The police came out last night and a detective showed up today," Page said. "I don't think he's actually assigned to the case but was just upset about it. He looked around but we don't have any leads right now."

Whoever nabbed the shuffleboard goods broke a window pane to get inside the locked club, taking care to clean up any glass.

"We are getting the word out to pawn shops and collectors," Page said. "The Coliseum has an antique show this weekend so we are getting the word out there as well."

Word got out via the club's Facebook page and the news was quickly shared by more than 200 people, including the Tampa Tribune and the local Fox News channel.

"Maybe it was some kids who saw it and thought it looked cool but it'd have to be someone who knew it was there because you can't see the scoreboard from the courts," Page said. "Maybe they thought it was cool to have in their crappy apartment for decoration. Maybe someone thought these things were worth something, they're not but they are worth something to us."

If you have any information on the missing items, email info@stpeteshuffle.com or call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

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