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Suspect wanted in break-in at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Posted September 22, 2013
Updated September 23, 2013

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— 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.

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  • joeBob Sep 24, 2013

    I believe he turned himself in more than 24hrs ago. Time for an update to this story.

  • Pepe Silvia Sep 23, 2013

    This is why we can't have nice things!

  • Luv2Camp Sep 23, 2013

    I suspect alcohol was involved somehow.

  • farm Sep 23, 2013

    "I hadn't read that in any of the news. Where did you see it???
    IWontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves"

    They cut the force in half and only have a day shift...

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 23, 2013

    Mr. Middle - "It should be noted that we just replaced our Capital Police force with political appointees. Guess they didn't notice someone wandering around the museum at 3 am."

    I hadn't read that in any of the news. Where did you see it???

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 23, 2013

    Do you suppose he thought he was breaking into the other museum that has valuable artifacts?

    Who knows, just glad they got him. Now take the burden of repairing everything off of the taxpayers and make HIM pay for it, not forgetting the man-hours used by both the museum staff and the police force. k

  • dwntwnboy2 Sep 23, 2013

    "we just replaced our Capital Police force with political appointees"- if that was true, they would have gotten obscene raises by now!! LOL

  • Pooter McGooter Sep 23, 2013

    Yeah Mr. Middle of the Road. That must be it.

  • Pooter McGooter Sep 23, 2013

    Maybe he was auditioning for the new Night at the Museum movie. I hear it will star Jennifer Aniston and since it will be filmed in Raleigh, it really makes perfect sense.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 23, 2013

    It should be noted that we just replaced our Capital Police force with political appointees. Guess they didn't notice someone wandering around the museum at 3 am.

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