Two Charged In Connection With Theft Of Four Signs From Baltimore Basilica; Suspect Name ‘Pope’


Baltimore City police announce arrests in connection with the theft of four signs from the country’s first Roman Catholic cathedral. One of the suspects is named Pope.

Anthony Pope, 53 and Sean Smith, 41, were charged with destruction of property and felony theft.

A citywide camera operator directed police to a man later identified as Pope. In the surveillance video footage, Pope “appeared to be loading paintings into the rear of his car” around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. The car was parked on West Mulberry Street.

anthony pope mugshot

Smith could also be seen on video footage at the intersection of Cathedral and Mulberry streets. He appeared to be pacing back and forth to the vehicle.

After the men were arrested, police were able to recover a crowbar and four brass signs bearing the words “The Baltimore Basilica – America’s First Cathedral.”

Police said one of the men told them that he was only a lookout.

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