Thief steals signed basketball from charitable auction

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) -- On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered on the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Kentucky to raise money for Family Abuse Services Incorporated.

"We offer them a safe haven when they're running from abuse," said Ann Morse.

To help raise money, the event had a silent auction, putting up basketball tickets, gift baskets, and a basketball signed by John Calipari, head coach of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.

At the end of the night, the man who had won the basketball didn't get to take it home.

"We went to pick up the Calipari-signed basketball and it was not to be found. It was there and then it was gone," said Morse.

Myrna Herron says she was shocked when she learned what happened.

"They came to me and said, 'the basketball is gone.' I said, 'What do you mean?' I couldn't believe someone would actually take something from a nonprofit organization," Herron said.

The thief had left behind the glass case, tucked under a table, but the ball, and the money it would have raised, were gone.

"I was a little angry to say the least," Samuella Daum said.

Despite that theft, the event raised around $16,000 for families in need.

The group says they have filed a report with Frankfort Police, but they would prefer if the person who took the ball would just return it.

Family Abuse Services Incorporated is still raising money. Anyone wishing to donate can go to their website.

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