SARATOGA SPRINGS — City police are investigating the theft of two valuable photographs from a city bed and breakfast Friday night.
The photographs, each depicting horses, are laser etched worth $5,000 each, police said. They were stolen from the Circular Manor Bed and Breakfast, 120 Circular St. where the owner had them displayed on her home's porch, police said.
Police Wednesday appealed to the public for help in the case, asking anyone with information to contact them at 518-584-1800. No other items were taken, police said, but it was unclear if whoever took them was aware of their true value.
The photos are described as 60 by 40 inches, with laser etchings on an aluminium base and frame, police said. The photographs have an etched stamp on the back containing either the notation "Foal Project" or an etching of the photographer's signature, Lisa Miller. Both will also have their specific series number etched on the back.
The photos also have value beyond monetary, Circular Manor owner Michele Funiciello said Wednesday. The Foal Project that they are linked to focuses on equine-human therapy, where retired thoroughbreds connect with people treating disabilities like post traumatic stress disorder and autism spectrum disorders, she said.
"It's really disheartening," Funiciello said. "We display these outside, and people stop by and it just leads to great conversations about equine therapy and great energy about the people the foundation helps."
Funiciello said that the bed and breakfast’s proximity to the late night activity on Caroline Street can sometimes become a concern, but that while the etchings have been shown on the porch for the past six years, nothing has been stolen. Police released images of the stolen photos and they can also be seen in Google StreetView images dated August 2017.
Funiciello has other Foal Project works at the bed and breakfast, but she is holding them elsewhere after the recent theft. But, Funiciello said, she hopes the works will be recovered and displayed again for next summer’s peak season.