BY LUIS GRONDA
Police have cuffed the man responsible for stealing the Breeders’ Cup from Aqueduct Racetrack.
Cops arrested Francisco Lo Bello, a 57-year-old Caucasian male, for taking the 1985 Breeders’ Cup trophy. It went missing on Feb. 20 and police said Lo Bello confessed to the crime on May 21.
Along with the trophy, which was on the second floor office in the Racetrack, two laptops, a flat screen TV and a monitor also went missing from the facility.
A police source said Lo Bello appeared to be homeless and stayed near the Racetrack often.
“He probably knows it like the back of his hand,” the source said, discussing his familiarity with the Racetrack.
The law enforcement source said they have not actually retrieved the trophy and the other items taken from the facility, but they will work with Lo Bello to find the stolen equipment.
Lo Bello’s rap sheet includes criminal trespassing at Aqueduct Racetrack earlier this year and larceny, which also occurred this year.
Aqueduct hosted the 1985 Breeders’ Cup, which was won by a horse named Proud Truth.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.