Suspect wanted in break-in at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Posted September 22, 2013
Updated September 23, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — State Capitol Police are looking for a man who they say broke into the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh early Sunday and vandalized part of it.
Museum spokesman Mark Johnson said nothing appeared to be stolen, but some areas of the Nature Research Center, at 121 W. Jones St., suffered minor water damage after the intruder apparently turned on a water hose valve.
None of the exhibits were damaged, Johnson added, and the water damage was mainly to doors.
A museum restaurant was also vandalized, Johnson said.
The cost of the damage is still being assessed.
Police said a fire alarm activated inside the Nature Research Center shortly after 3:30 a.m., and security video captured a bearded man wearing a dark hat, white jacket and dark clothing in the building.
Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen said the crime appears to be a random act.
The Nature Research Center was closed Sunday, but the main building opened as normal at noon.
The research center is expected to reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.