Houdini’s Cafe e Cucina in Diggers Rest, in a Victorian capital’s northwest, done a proclamation on a Facebook page yesterday.
“Unfortunately early Monday morning a 2017 Melbourne Cup was stolen,” a post reads.
“We conclude any information of a locale or if anyone has seen or listened anything to hit us.”
The post has been common hundreds of times.
Cafe-goers have voiced their disappointment.
“What low life steels something so precious?” Sheree Atherton asked.
Michelle Pentony said: “That’s so sad. we desired carrying my print taken there with that beautiful cup.”
The old-fashioned cafeteria and restaurant, situated subsequent to a railway crossing, was damaged into between 11.30pm on Sunday and 10.30am on Monday.
“Police have been told different offenders forced entrance to a cafe,” Victoria Police pronounced in a matter today.
“Once inside, a offenders ransacked a premises and stole a money register, money and a 2017 Melbourne Cup.”
Rekindling won a Melbourne Cup in 2017 with manoeuvre Corey Brown.
Johannes Vermeer ridden by Ben Melham came second and Max Dynamite was third, ridden by Zac Purton.
Rekindling’s part-owner, Mark Ruff, told the Herald Sun it was a reproduction crater given there were a series of owners. High-profile equine racing owners Lloyd Williams has a original.
Mr Ruff, a Diggers Rest local, pronounced he’d told a cafe’s owner, Frank Labombarda, it would be a good place to have a crater displayed and it had been there ever since.
Mr Ruff told 3AW it had been “a good thing for a lot of internal people” to get a print taken with it, and they’d rather it there than sitting in their loll room.
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The Melbourne cafeteria is named after US wizard and escapologist Harry Houdini, who done aviation story in Diggers Rest.
“He’s popularly seen as environment a record for Australia’s initial manned flight, though story now grants this accolade to Colin Defries, who took to a skies in Dec 1909,” according to a State Library of Victoria.
Melton Crime Investigation Unit detectives are questioning and are penetrating to pronounce to any witnesses or anyone that might have seen any questionable activity in a area.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
— with AAP