It's a match up St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club members never saw coming: their club vs. crooks.
Trophies, a leader board and artwork were all snatched from the historic ground's main clubhouse over the weekend. Members say the pieces are priceless. Many of the items were among the club's oldest treasures, dating back to the 1930s.
"It's not even so much sentimental. It's historic for us and it's part of St. Petersburg history, too," said St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club President Christine Page.
St. Petersburg Police say the suspect slipped into the clubhouse by removing a window pane. They entered and exited without leaving a trace of evidence.
"It felt very personal. It feels like someone's come into your house and taken something that's very special to you and can't be replaced at all," said club member Jennifer Logan.
The monetary value of the keepsakes is minimal, leaving club members questioning a motive behind the burglary.
"We think it's kids maybe who thought they looked cool. Or maybe someone who actually thinks they're worth something," Page said.
On Wednesday, business was back to usual courtside. Still, players say they're hanging on to the hope that the pieces of St. Pete history will somehow turn up back where they belong.
"There's people of all generations that come here on Friday night for the St. Pete Shuffle. It really is a neat diverse group of people that seems to care about one another and the club and the history behind it. So it truly is shocking that someone would come and take that away," said club member Melissa Niel.
The Shuffleboard Club is planning on meeting with the City of St. Petersburg to discuss increasing security at some of its historic buildings. If know anything about the burglary, call St. Petersburg Police at 727-893-7780.
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