Rash Of Historic Door-Knocker Thefts Reported In Society Hill

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s a rash of thefts in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood, with police saying in the past couple weeks, over a dozen brass door knockers have been taken right off people’s homes.

George Blood of the 300 block of Delancy Street says someone stole a solid brass knocker in the shape of a hand off his door. “Middle of the day, over the weekend, we went out, came home and realized it was gone.”

Blood says it looks like whoever stole his, also hit other homes along his street. “There’s been a rash of them, it’s not just one or two, it’s a lot. You can walk around the neighborhood and see them missing.”

These are the ornate, often historic, decorative door knockers in the historic Society Hill section, but 6th District commanding officer Captain Brian Korn says, with the scrap metal market being so high, a thief or thieves, are walking right up to homes, and snatching the brass off the doors.

He says they’ve been checking with area salvagers, but so far nothing. “One theory is that whoever’s taking these might be waiting to get quite a few en masse to have a heavy weight, rather than just bringing them in one or two at a time.”

If the historic decorations are being sold as scrap metal, Kathleen Stephenson, who lives on the 500 block of Pine Street, says the thieves are probably getting much less than they’re worth. “If they were stealing them because they were beautiful, I could appreciate the fact they thought they were beautiful. But, if they’re stealing a beautiful knocker just to melt it down, it’s annoying.”

Captain Korn says the first report came in last Wednesday, but he had a feeling once they put word out, they’d learn of more.

He was right. In just a week and a half, 16 homes in the area reported such a theft, the most recent happened Friday evening.

He says sometimes it happens overnight, but in at least one case it happened early evening, and often without the use of any tools.

He’s says there are additional officers assigned to the area, and is asking residents to be aware of any suspicious activity, and to call 911 if they see anything.

Blood offers this advice: “If I still had a knocker up, I would take it off and let this chapter pass.”

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One Comment

  1. Steve says:

    Just trying to spread the wealth around

  2. TG says:

    They should be grateful that the they didn’t take the whole door.

  3. Juan99 says:

    Obama’s Feral Youth.

  4. wisehiney says:

    Gotta love it! The liberal city fools pets turn on them! Almost as much fun as watching their children battle with union police.

  5. Lavetra Jackson says:

    brass is so 90s we all have bronze now

  6. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    I guess the next seep in this, uh, “Spring of Recovery” (cough cough) will be mobs stealing used food.

    1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      Ok, next STEP! Why no edit button, d’oh?

  7. MrLogical says:

    For all the elite liberals and social progressiveswho voted for Obama…..this is what you get.

    Buyer’s remorse, yet?

    Vote for him again, and it will only get worse.

    1. Wise One says:

      Obama says that the Muslim call to prayer is one of the “prettiest sounds on earth.” He didn’t say that about “The Communist Manifesto” or “Das Kapital.” According to the NY Times, Obama even recited the “prayer” in “first-class Arabic.” How did he learn to do that? It’s a fairly long “prayer” and must have taken a considerable time to “memorize” in perfect Arabic.

      1. jb7511 says:

        He has had a lifetime to get his prayer down and his political game up with the help of FMDavis, QYoung, BAyres, BDohrn, REmmanuel, and on and on!

  8. MrLogical says:

    And this is just the beginning. As Obama’s Marxist policies drive the economy deeper and deeper toward fiscal collapse, people will become even more desperate than they are now. Door knockers will soon be the least of our worries. Time to buy guns and ammo and start stockpiling food, water, medicine, fuel. If you haven’t got a safe house or a safe retreat away from large population centers, you might want to start looking for one. Large cities with large concentrations of urban poor will become ground zero for lawlessness and chaos. The collapse of a ‘civilized’ society isn’t pretty, and the idea that local law enforcement will be able to protect you and your property s naive at best, especially if you’re in proximity to one of the aforementioned large cities. Learn to fend for yourself – there won’t be anyone else to defend and protect you.

  9. Ry Ry says:

    What a sick society we live in. Hopefully it really does end in 2012…


  10. sb36695 says:

    This is what you get when you vote for “hope”. Maybe next time you will question the “change”.

  11. Captain Incredulous says:

    God forbid the heathens start stealing from the ‘one percent’ liberals living in Society Hill. How dare they!

    Well at least now something may be done about the semi-precious metals thieves…or will it??

    1. dkn says:

      no doubt its a kid from the socity hill homes.

      1. dkn says:

        some one should hook up there 220 volt nine to there knocker…and for sure have a vid of it 4 u tube.

    2. constitution First says:

      If it has come to the point where you can find an excuse that rationalizes this crime, then your house is fair game too, A-hole.

  12. supershopper says:

    Maybe our general store here is Society Hill (SuperFresh) should begin handling knocker replacements next to the fire-wood display at the entrance.

  13. jim says:

    What Knockers!

    1. Dewey says:

      “Thank you, Doktor”

  14. RealitiCzech says:

    Knocker nickers. Now I’ve heard everything.

    1. StopRunningMadeUpStories says:

      Another made up story to take attention away from the truth leaking out.

      Osama Obama Biden (Bi)n La(den)
      One coincidence? Two coincidences?
      The odds of the president’s and vice president’s last names combined having the same 9 consecutive letters as the name of the most wanted terrorist is over 5 trillion to 1.

      With the media in on the last election, it’s why Sarah Palin was added to the McCain ticket. They had no intention of winning. Why do you think Republicans gained so many seats in the last midterm? Sarah and McCain were part of a coup. Obama was turned after he won the election to take down those who make up the “organized community” that he spoke about.

      The biggest cover up in history starts here

      1. Barry Soetoro says:

        Finally someone has figured out this conspiracy! However the correct odds for this is 666,000,666,000.666 to 606.606 you have to use the Illuminati secret algorithem to correctly find the correct code.

      2. Hater says:

        Thanx, that’s five wasted minutes I’ll never get back.

  15. TiredOfItAll says:

    Make them work in a junk yard for at least 6 months. Hey, if they want to take things apart, put them in a ‘you pull it’ junk yard.

  16. walljasper says:

    I think we’ve seen enough damage to people’s property and our pad/power/rail infrastructure.

    Give these guys a one-way ticket to Riyadh where they know how to take car of thieves.

  17. Nova says:

    Meanwhile the door bell business is boominb.

  18. Hiheels says:

    American Craftsmanship Brass is gorgeous, and heavy.
    Virginia Metalcrafters contracted by the smithsonian to restore american history.
    Look at the decor and candle sticks in colonial williamsburg, mt vernon, carters grove. VM made eagle and horsehead door knockers in different sizes.
    Their brass horse doorstop of an American Bred Horse Kings Genius is 9 inches tall and sells for $300 in the antique store.
    Everyone go look through Grandma’s attic

    1. Lavetra Jackson says:

      brass is a very dated,,builders look,

  19. Hiheels says:

    My favorite foundry Virginia Metalcrafters Waynesboro VA 1890 – 2006.
    Look to Ebay for your goodies. Look at the Antique Markets in Florida.
    Alot of People know where to get the best money for door knockers door stops.

  20. SharedSacrificeSkiVacationInAspenColorado says:

    Just a little more Hope & Change Economic Depression Wealth Redistribution under the reign of King and Queen Hussein Obama…

  21. Doctor Strabismus says:

    Anyone seen a black metal fence?
    It was around the front yard…

  22. Dewey says:

    “WOW, What Knockers!!!”

  23. Wise One says:

    More comments on this story than any other in recent memory. Makes one wonder about Killadelphia citizen-taxpayers” priorities.

    Not so surprising to find out from Drudge that violent crime is out of control in D.C. The number of armed robberies is double that of last year. No taxpaying D.C. citizen feels safe any place in Obama city.

  24. srtrthn says:

    The knockers in front of Teri Garr in Young Frankenstein were much nicer.

  25. Nick says:

    Out of control crimeyet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  26. Dutch says:

    Ah…memories of Young Frankentein!

  27. Paolo says:

    This is what happens when you flash your knockers in the hood.

  28. codeman says:

    Quit complaining, you are contributing to the welfare of the underclass. Laughing.

  29. Kenyanclown says:

    More Obama supporters

  30. N o m e S a n e? says:

    I’ve always liked a good set of knockers.

  31. pup says:

    I hear some women are willing to pay a lot of money for a new set of knockers.

  32. Double tap says:

    If I encountered a crook stealing my door knocker I would instantly imagine that he was attacking me with intent to kill, easily convinced, I would shoot the lousy bast’rd.

  33. Cynthia Petillo says:

    These door knockers are probably worth more in the antique market. They are truly one of a kind items. Criminals can be very creative. I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. The homes in Society Hill are so historically significant, beautifully maintained and indicative of old Philadelphia. It really saddens me to read of this story.

  34. Cynthia Petillo says:

    These door knockers are probably worth more in the antique market. They are truly one of a kind items. Criminals can be very creative. I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. The homes in Society Hill are so historically significant, beautifully maintained and indicative of old Philadelphia. It really saddens me to read of this story.

  35. Francis Graff says:

    Their probably all brass. They will melt them down and sell them in bricks. To commit a crime likes this, takes some doing in the act, I cannot fathom cops not patrolloing and spotting these crooks. Goodbye knockers forever.

  36. Greg says:

    The funny thing is that these door knockers are probably worth a lot more than the the metal they are made out of. Thieves can really be stupid

  37. Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable. Some of the people in this world is so pathetic. I’m buying a seat on the next shuttle. I’ve had it. LOL

    1. Moe says:

      Sounds good but remember once you have built something of value roaches and Urban Youths will invade.

    2. SGA says:

      Like so many other things about the US to be proud of going into the past, the shuttle no longer flies.

      1. Anonymous says:

        I didn’t say space shuttle. But, that’s not a bad idea, if it ever comes back around and start traveling again.

  38. Hater says:

    They won’t work for a living but will risk jail time for stealing brass, copper,etc. Oh wait, this is Philly. No jail time here.

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      Of course you can’t put ’em in jail, they can’t vote for you if they’re incarcerated!!

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