An track employee is suspected of stealing saddle towels from Beulah Park and trying to sell them, according to Grove City police reports.
Between 10:30 a.m. March 4 and 10 a.m. March 6, $3,900 worth of numbered saddle towels -- a total of 150 colored towels each valued at $26 -- were stolen form the maintenance garage on the north side of the Beulah Park Horse Track, 3811 Southwest Blvd.
Each towel was numbered with a matching color, and they had been placed in two boxes and one shipping container and were to be delivered to the jockey room when they were discovered to be missing.
An employee reported seeing one of the containers in an unnamed suspect's car. He told police the suspect told him he had planned to take the container to the jockey room to help out. The employee recovered the container and some towels.
Security and staff at Beulah were advised to be on the lookout for the missing towels, and trainers and horsemen began turning in a few towels they said they had received from the same suspect. Beulah's senior steward reported receiving a phone call telling him the suspect was at the White Horse Saloon, 4318 Broadway, trying to sell the towels on March 6. The steward asked the suspect about the missing towels, and the suspect told him he got them from maintenance.
However, the steward said he asked the maintenance employees, and none said they had spoken with the suspect, police reported.
The suspect works at Beulah but was not supposed to be in the maintenance shed.
At this time, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.