(Memphis) As the National Civil Rights Museum celebrated a milestone with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it became the scene of a crime.
Memphis Police say Larry Cole of burglarized the museum Thursday night, stealing copper from the museum’s renovation project.
A security guard noticed a ladder going into an open window on the second story Thursday night and called the police, who found the suspect inside.
According to the police affidavit, Cole was carrying a box full of copper.
When he noticed police, he ran further into the museum.
Once Cole was arrested, all of the copper wire and build materials were given back to the museum for their renovation project.
“People who do stuff like that don’t relate things with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and what happened here,” said museum visitor Stephen Kelley.
Kelly said he believes this is a sign of the hard economic times.
“I do know that our country has a long way to go before we complete the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Kelly.
The museum didn’t want to comment because the case is still under investigation, but they do say private donors have given tens of millions of dollars for the project.