Union Station heist, historical benches stolen

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Union Station in Springfield is on target to re-open in December. When it does, it will be missing pieces of its history.

In what can only be described as a heist.  30 massive, extremely heavy benches, 22 feet long were stolen when the building was vacant.

Christopher Moskal, Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority told 22News, they noticed the benches were stolen in 2012 when they were doing an in-house inventory.  At that point they called the mayor who in turned called the police.  Moskal says they checked the cameras in the area and didn’t see anything suspicious.

“There was a vacant baggage building that was connected to this terminal building, clearly it was cut.  Could somebody have backed up there, how do you get 30 heavy and in great shape benches out of here without a crew of people?,” said Moskal.

Union Station has been vacant for about 40 years. Moskal says they would have refurbished and reused the benches.

These benches were made of quarter sawn red oak solids. Moskal says the highest value for these benches would be if they were still whole.

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