By Mike DeNardo


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police now say they know who they’re looking for in Monday’s vandalism that destroyed the iconic staircase at the Union League. 

Police have issued an arrest warrant for 50-year-old Reginald Phillips. His last known address was at 3100 North Broad Street. He’s the guy police say is in the surveillance video. from 3 a.m. Monday, seen carrying a 6-foot section of the curbed brass railing after yanking it from its moorings on the Union League steps.

“He actually took a piece to a scrapyard and sold it there,” said Police Lieutenant John Stanford. “And we actually were able to recover a portion of that, and that was returned.”

Stanford says damage to the historic staircase is estimated at $100,000. The Union League is working on replacing the railing.

Phillips has a long arrest record going back more than 30 years with convictions for offenses including theft, burglary and drug charges.

Police have put out a picture of Phillips. Anyone who knows where he is, is asked to call 911, or Central Detective at 215-686-3093.