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CINCINNATI – Thieves got their hands on more than $100,000 worth of memorabilia from a mobile shop at Redsfest over the weekend.

The owners of the Sports Gallery called the theft "bad luck,” but said they are determined to learn who is responsible.

Co-Owner Mark Fugate said the business is offering $500 for information leading to the culprits.

Fugate said items like signed baseballs, bats, jerseys, helmets and more were stolen from the Sports Gallery’s trailer, which was parked outside Redsfest near the Duke Energy Center from Friday to Monday morning.

“It was kind of a rough week with the weather and everything, and everyone was exhausted, so we got (some of the memorabilia) out of the trailer and we said we'll come back Monday morning and get the rest,” Fugate said. “In the morning, (we) walked outside and I could see that one of the doors…was cracked and I had a bad feeling.”

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With Christmas around the corner, Fugate said he has a lot of work to do, including itemizing each piece of memorabilia that was stolen.

While insurance will cover most of the stolen items, Fugate said the theft was too personal to let go.

"It's all just so important to us,” Fugate said. “It's our life…A lot of people think it's just fun and games, but this is our job."

Fugate and others at the Sports Gallery are asking those with information call them at 513-759-4256 or Officer Jeff Gieske of the West Chester Police at 513-759-7279.

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