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Published June 24, 2013, 04:44 PM

Auction items stolen from the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An event filled with smiles, laughter and charity, had a dose of reality.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An event filled with smiles, laughter and charity,

had a dose of reality.

Someone stole more than 100 items, set to be auctioned off for the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament.

It was around Memorial Day, when Auction Chairman Jerry Rostad noticed his lock was missing on the storage unit where all the auction items are kept in North Fargo.

Jerry Rostad- Auction Chairman: "Place to have everything from tents to set up on out on the tournament, to tables, to auction items, and other things."

He says it wasn't until Saturday that he realized dozens of silent auction items were missing.

Rostad: "We all kind of went up there and took a look around, but when you think of a typical storage garage with lots of boxes and lots of stuff in there, we did a cursory look through and we thought oh they didn't see anything valuable, they left it and they moved on."

The stolen items included 76 autographed baseballs signed by various baseball Hall of Famers and approximately 20 DVD copies of the film "61*", which were autographed by members of the cast and crew.

Rostad: "If you just took a base line number say 50 dollars a baseball, you know, you're talking anywhere from 3,500 to 4,000 dollars."

Although the theft was a unfortunate, organizers say they didn't let it take away from the true meaning of this tournament.

Rostad: "I look at it as one dark cloud in a clear blue sky, you know it's a great day, weather is nice, and I mean we have a great set of benefactors we contribute to and that's the bottom line for us."

In fact this year was one of the biggest, With about 500 golfers and 700 people who turned out for the banquet Sunday night.

Rostad is working on filing a report with police right now.

If you have any information about the stolen items, you're asked to call police.