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Ripley’s shrunken heads stolen from midtown exhibit, cops say

It’s understandable why a thief would take valuable memorabilia of legendary sluggers Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams from the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibition near Times Square.

But stealing two human shrunken heads? That’s more difficult to believe.

An employee at the exhibition of over 500 curiosities at 2344 W. 42nd St. noticed Wednesday that an inscribed bat used by DiMaggio was askew in its locked display case, police said Thursday.

Taking a closer look, the employee noticed that neither the bat nor the autograph on it matched an image on a certificate of authentication.

Further examination uncovered that two baseballs — one purportedly signed by Williams and the other by DiMaggio — had forged signatures, police said.

In an adjacent display area, police said, employees discovered that two shrunken heads, also on public display, were missing.

NYPD detectives are looking at security videos in hopes of identifying a suspect. The recordings only go back two weeks, however, and it’s unclear when the thefts occurred, a police official said.

Officials at Ripley’s declined to comment Thursday.

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