CENTER CITY (AP) - Officials say a thief is responsible for damage to an outside staircase at the historic Union League of Philadelphia building near City Hall. Police have now released surveillance footage of the suspect.
Union League director of marketing Erica Martin said surveillance video shows a man approaching the curved staircase of the 151-year-old building just after 3:00 a.m. Monday. He ripped a six-foot-long section of brass railing from the right side, causing the brick and stone to collapse.
Work crews spent the evening cleaning up the mess and assessing the damage. Union league members continued to file into the historic building using another stairway. Tourists and passersby snapped pictures and videotaped the damage.
The Union League of Philadelphia was founded in 1862 to support the Union and President Abraham Lincoln's policies. The eight-story French Renaissance-style building was added to the National Historic Register in 1979.
Police have described the suspect as a black male, around 40-50 years old with a thin build.
You can watch the surveillance video below. App users, click here.