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Police: Man stole presidential seals from Kennedy Center

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Flickr / Godfather 1 / “Kennedy Center (12)” / CC BY 2.0

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
(Flickr / Godfather 1 / “Kennedy Center (12)”  / CC BY 2.0 /cropped and resized)

WASHINGTON — A driver at the Kennedy Center stole two presidential seals, including one taken from then-President Barack Obama’s seating area after his final Kennedy Center Honors, police said Thursday.

Daniel Lewin of Washington was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree theft, U.S. Park Police said.

A presidential seal is the disc-like object used to adorn a lectern when the president is speaking. It wasn’t immediately clear what the seals were used for at the performing arts center in the nation’s capital.

Kennedy Center spokeswoman Eileen Andrews said the seals were stolen from the box at the center’s opera house where then-president Barack Obama sat during the Kennedy Center Honors program in 2015 and 2016. The thefts were discovered after the program was over, she said.

Andrews said the suspect worked for a subcontractor that provided transportation during the honors.

Lewin’s phone number was unlisted and it wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.