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Officials: Fort Worth man caused $10K in damage to Capitol portrait

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Fort Worth resident Tanner Christian Graeber, 22, is accused of breaking into the Texas Capitol and throwing the oil painting of former Texas Gov. Fletcher Stockdale from the third story of the rotunda.
Fort Worth resident Tanner Christian Graeber, 22, is accused of breaking into the Texas Capitol and throwing the oil painting of former Texas Gov. Fletcher Stockdale from the third story of the rotunda.

A Fort Worth man who authorities say broke into the state Capitol and caused $10,000 in damage faces a burglary charge.

Officials told the San Antonio Express-News that 22-year-old Tanner Christian Graeber tossed a portrait of former Texas Gov. Fletcher Stockdale, damaging the painting and its frame.

Graeber was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and also faces a charge of criminal mischief. He was released later the same day on bond, according to records.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Express-News, Graeber was seen outside the Capitol trying to climb scaffolding and wouldn’t come down.

He broke a second-story window and climbed inside. He then tossed the painting and fire extinguisher from a third-story railing in the rotunda, officials say.

A Texas State Preservation Board, which will house the portrait in storage, told the Austin American-Statesman it is assessing possible repairs for the painting.

According to the Texas State Historical Association, Stockdale served briefly as governor after Pendleton Murrah fled to Mexico in June 1865.

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