1969 Preakness Stakes trophy stolen from the storage facility; woman arrested

Alicia Murphy is charged with breaking into storage units and stealing hundreds of items, including the 1969 Preakness Stakes trophy.

(Delray Beach Police)

A Florida woman with a long rap sheet is charged with stealing the precious trophy that a Canadian industrial received for winning the 1969 Preakness Stakes with Majestic Prince.

The trophy was one of the hundreds of items stolen during a dozen burglaries at a storage facility in Delray Beach, Florida, police said.

Alicia Murphy, 60, of Delray Beach, is charged with the burglaries, police said Friday.

Among the items recovered by the police was a plaque in honor of the Majestic Prince, winner of the 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

(Delray Beach Police)

“Detectives determined that Murphy rent a storage unit at the facility, are routinely stolen goods and pawned,” Delray police said in a press release.

They valued the stolen items at more than $ 350,000. The Preakness trophy is perhaps the most valuable.

“Murphy sent the Preakness Cup and other memories of the 1969 race to an auction house in New York, which specializes in sports memorabilia,” according to police. “The auction company had already given Murphy a $15,000 advance on the head.”

The Palm Beach Post reported that the Preakness trophy belonged to Francine McMahon, of Delray Beach. Her father had a Majestic Prince when the horse won the Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby.

With the Triple Crown on the line, Majestic Prince finished second in the Belmont for the Arts and humanities.

Alicia Murphy, 60, was taken into custody for a string of storage unit break-ins in Delray Beach, Fla.

(Delray Beach Police)

Murphy served in 2005 for grand theft and fraud, the paper reported. Her criminal record also includes convictions for other crimes.

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