Suspect in museum vandalism surrenders to police

From Staff ReportsSeptember 22, 2013 

— A Raleigh man has turned himself in to the State Capitol Police in connection with the break-in and vandalism at the Nature Resource Center, according to a news release from police.

Joshua Matt Pace, 23, of Raleigh has been charged with breaking and entering and damage to property, according to police.

He is being held at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $1,500 bond.

Police said the Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center was vandalized at 3:34 a.m. Sunday, when a fire alarm went off inside the center, setting off sprinklers.

“The Raleigh Fire Department arrived on the scene and ... with State Capitol Police personnel, found water flowing from an upper floor stairwell and other evidence of vandalism,” state police said in a statement..

Raleigh police and a county K-9 team were unable to find the intruder.

State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen called the vandalism a random criminal act.

Both wings of the museum will be open Monday starting at 9 a.m.

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