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Dedication Plaque Stolen From Iconic Clock In Waldorf Astoria Lobby; Suspect Charged

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A man has been arrested and charged after police alleged he caught on camera walking away with a piece of New York City history.

Brian Kromer, 27, of Stuyvesant Town, was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the incident, police said.

The man made off with the dedication plaque for the iconic World's Fair Clock that stands in the lobby of the world famous Waldorf Astoria, police said.

Waldorf Astoria Clock
The World's Fair Clock in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria on February 24, 2017. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The plaque disappeared on Feb. 28, a day before the Park Avenue hotel closed its doors for a major renovation project.

Surveillance video shows the man walking with two women and showing them something.

The three then left the building and hailed a yellow cab, police said.

The hotel purchased the 9-foot tall clock that commemorates Christopher Columbus' discovery of America in 1931, according to the Waldorf Astoria website.

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