Agents raid Harrisburg home of former mayor Stephen Reed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Agents with the state attorney general’s office have seized potential evidence from the Midtown home of former mayor Stephen Reed.

The agents closed off the 200 block of Cumberland Street and loaded boxes, several antiques and other items into an unmarked truck and a van Tuesday afternoon.

Stephen Reed
Stephen Reed

Reed, according to ABC27 News sources, appeared before a grand jury seated in Pittsburgh two months ago.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office has been looking into Harrisburg’s finances under Reed’s administration and why the city fell into a $300 million debt during repairs and upgrades to the city’s trash incinerator.

The grand jury since 2013 has heard testimony about the incinerator bond deals, Reed’s purchasing of artifacts, and the city’s takeover of the Harrisburg School District.

“We’re hoping to draw to a conclusion in the very near future,” Kane said at a Senate hearing in March. “No stone will be left unturned.”

It’s been reported that Reed spent $8 million, perhaps as much as $20 million, on artifacts for his failed Old West and other museums.

A person familiar with the investigation told ABC27 News that authorities are looking into whether the artifacts removed from Reed’s home were purchased with taxpayer money funneled through the Harrisburg Authority.

The source told ABC27 News that Reed’s home was “loaded” with artifacts.

As agents carried out their search Tuesday, an old spinning wheel, a painted bull skull, a feathered spear, and a scythe were among the items loaded into the truck.

Kay Patterson watched as the agents carried the items from Reed’s home to the truck.

“Considering that there’s a grand jury investigation going on in Pittsburgh, it’s not too surprising,” Patterson said. “A lot of people feel the buck stops with him.”

Patterson wondered if AG agents finally pulled the ace from his house of cards.

“Not just Steve Reed, but all the makers and movers in Harrisburg who benefited from Steve Reed,” she said. “He cut a lot of deals and a lot of people made money and I think we really need to know about that.”

“This is all going to come home to roost,” she said.

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