St. Pete police catch suspect in overnight break-in at Holocaust Museum

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- 23-year-old Christopher Michael Venegas broke into the Florida Holocaust Museum, located on 5th Street S. around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. 

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, Venegas was able to get inside of the building by breaking an electronic keypad and call box which allowed him access to go inside. He was inside for several minutes before deputies were able to arrive to detain and arrest him. 

Nothing appeared to be damaged or missing in the museum. Venegas was charged with one count of Commercial Burglary and sent to the Pinellas County Jail. He is refusing to talk to police. 

The Florida Holocaust Museum's Executive Director, Elizabeth Gelman, released the following statement:

"In the past few years, local grants from Homeland Security have allowed us to begin upgrading our security systems. Those security measures - and the quick response from the St Petersburg Police - assisted in keeping damage to the minimum."

(© 2016 WTSP)


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