The Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University was the victim of a professional burglary that took place early Wednesday morning, police say, and some priceless items were taken.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Office has announced a $5,000 reward for any information regarding the break-in, An inventory of missing items in the heist has not yet been released.
Yellow crime scene tape surrounded the monumental Yogi Berra statue and the rest of the museum today. Police officers from Montclair State were on the scene.
The museum, which opened in 1998, contains many of the legendary Yankee catcher’s valuable baseball memorabilia, including World Series rings, jerseys, photos, bats and mitts.
School of Communication and Media Professor Marc Rosenweig, who frequently convenes panels at the museum, was shocked by the break-in and worried about the plundering of history.
Among the most valuable museums in the museum collection, Rosenweig said, are 10 of Yogi’s World Series rings and the jersey he wore when he caught Don Larsen’s perfect game. That jersey alone is estimated to be worth $400,000.
Police are continuing their investigation.
See the video (also produced by Biondi) of the museum’s collection before the crime:
Mike Biondi studies broadcasting and journalism and is a senior at Montclair State. He had help from Matt Abbott, another Montclair State senior.