Photo Released of Suspect in Union League Railing Theft

The railing theft caused part of the building's stone staircase to collapse

Philadelphia detectives have released a surveillance picture of the metal thief they say destroyed a staircase outside the Union League during the heist.

Several different security cameras captured the man walking around the neighborhood with the curved brass railing, which he ripped off the historic club's main entrance early Monday morning.

Police said the man pulled the railing from the front-side stone steps causing the masonry banister and balusters to collapse. Video showing the actual theft was not released.

Philadelphia Police Department
Philadelphia police believe this man stole the brass railing from the front steps of the Union League.

Built in 1865, the Union League is a national historic landmark.

The man could be seen wrapping up the brass railing in a cloth tarp before wheeling it away on a cart.

He's believed to be 40-50 years old, has a thin build and was wearing jeans and a dark hooded jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call 215.686.TIPS.

A thief damaged the historic stairs at the Union League in Center City. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk has more on the vandal who was caught on camera.
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