Historic property next to ‘Germantown White House’ burglarized [video]

 Surveillance footage of last week's burglary at the historic Bringhurst House. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Surveillance footage of last week's burglary at the historic Bringhurst House. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Philadelphia Police are seeking information that will help them track down the unknown man who broke into the historic Bringhurst House on Dec. 12 through a side window and stole “two large silver serving trays [and a] silver tea and coffee pot valued at $300.”

According to police, who released video of the robbery on Friday, the man in his 40s broke into the property just after 1 p.m. and loaded the items into a large black trash bag before fleeing on foot along Germantown Avenue.

The suspect is described as being between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-10 tall with thin gray hair, and was unshaven with sunken facial features. At the time of the burglary, he was wearing a dark knit hat, black jacket with a multi-colored hood and dark colored pants, according to police.

The Bringhurst House is located next door to the Deshler-Morris House, aka the “Germantown White House” which twice sheltered George Washington. The property was originally owned by John Bringhurst, who built a carriage for Washington.

Police ask anyone with information about the case, or suspect, to call Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54 or the tipsline at (215) 686-TIPS, text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or send it in via the department’s website.

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