Hara Arena auction item stolen that couple purchased

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At least one item valued at more than $300 has been stolen from the Hara Arena auction, according to an email sent from the auction company.

Kristy and Steve Poe, residents of Florida, bought a 5-foot sign from Hara Arena in the auction that started on Thanksgiving Day and went through Nov. 30. The company that ran the auction, Everything But The House, sent an email to Steve Poe on Friday, explaining the item had been stolen.

“I am very sorry to have to tell you that the “Even Numbers Sections” sign you purchased from the Hara sale was stolen from the sale site. We at EBTH work very hard to prevent this type of thing from happening. But, unfortunately at times it is out of our control,” the email stated.

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The company official said Poe’s money would be refunded to the full amount, which was more than $400 with shipping. But Kristy Poe said she doesn’t want her money back — she wants the sign. Her husband, Steve, grew up in Dayton and started going to concerts at Hara Arena at age 11.

“I’m devastated,” she said. “I’m absolutely devastated. This means so much to him. He has nothing from his childhood. It’s the world to him.”

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Steve and Kristy Poe, residents of Florida, bought a 5-foot sign from the Hara Auction. She received an email that it had been stolen from the auction site. CONTRIBUTED

Steve and Kristy Poe, residents of Florida, bought a 5-foot sign from the Hara Auction. She received an email that it had been stolen from the auction site. CONTRIBUTED

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Steve and Kristy Poe, residents of Florida, bought a 5-foot sign from the Hara Auction. She received an email that it had been stolen from the auction site. CONTRIBUTED

Everything But The House, an online global marketplace for estate sales, hosted the online auction showcasing the eclectic assortment of Hara items and memorabilia. A spokeswoman said the company handles more than 350 sales per month.

“We work very hard to ensure that our sellers and buyers have the best possible experience selling and shopping on our site,” said Kathleen Ong, EBTH spokeswoman. “In this event, the item belonging to one customer went missing from a facility to which many external parties had access as well. We have done our best to remedy this issue with the impacted party.”

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She said no other customers were impacted.

Hara closed its doors in August, after a 60-year run of sports, concerts, entertainment and special shows in the Miami Valley. It hosted its last event on late August, taking with it a $36 million annual economic impact.

All items started at a $1 bid. The auction included a limited number of Hara Arena and Cincinnati’s Crosley Field seats, Hara signage, photos, posters, sports and event memorabilia, sports equipment, chandeliers, catering items, tables and chairs.

This news outlet is trying to confirm the theft with Dayton Police and Trotwood Police.

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