NC man accused of breaking into museum arrested

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Joshua Matt Pace, 23, of Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. — A man accused of breaking into the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh has turned himself in, according to WTVD-TV.

Joshua Matt Pace, 23, of Raleigh, has been charged with breaking and entering and damage to property after surrendering to officers Sunday night.

The suspect is accused of breaking into the museum’s Nature Research Center around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, although nothing appears to have been stolen.

A museum spokesperson said a door was broken electronics inside were smashed. There was also some water damage from a sprinkler system going off.

The entire wing of the facility was closed to visitors Sunday while museum officials assessed the cost of the damage and crews were brought in to clean up.

The Nature Research Center will reopen Monday morning at 9 am. There are repairs that still need to be done, but a museum official said that should not interfere with folks visiting the museum.

The suspect’s bond was set at $1,500. Authorities said no other suspects are sought.

The museum is the oldest established museum in North Carolina and the largest one of its kind in the Southeast. A motive for the break-in was not released.

Source: WTVD-TV