PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said several items were missing or damaged when he moved into the downtown Pittsburgh offices when he was inaugurated. Now Peduto said the cost of all the items exceeds $200,000.
Peduto said since taking office, he’s discovered damage to four chandeliers. Peduto told Channel 11’s Rick Earle that he suspects the damage was intentional.
“They survived 100 years, and multiple mayors, there’s no wear and tear that would have done this,” said Peduto. “All of the chandeliers in the mayor’s office had been damaged.”
Earle also reported that a painting of William Penn was slashed. Last month, Target 11 was the first to report about the missing items, which include an antique clock, a vase and a Super Bowl trophy worth $30,000.
"In this case, given that the amount that’s damaged and missing, approximately $200,000, it warrants being turned over to the FBI,” Peduto said. “What I hope is that the public property is returned to the public, and that the damages caused don’t end up on the taxpayers having to pay for it.”
Additionally, Peduto said a computer was missing from the mayor’s desk. After contacting former mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the computer was returned, he said, and then immediately handed over to the FBI.
Peduto also acknowledged for the first time that other information has been given to federal investigators as well.
“Any of the information that we find, not only on missing and vandalized items, but also dealings with contracts and other things, we give them to the FBI,” Peduto said.
Earle contacted Ravenstahl’s attorney, but did not get a response as of air time.