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Man charged with breaking in Florida Holocaust Museum

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Oct 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 00:41:48-04

A Clearwater man has been charged with breaking into Florida Holocaust Museum. He left the building without taking anything, authorities said.

St. Petersburg Police say they received an alarm from the Florida Holocaust Museum just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday, October 30. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. South. in St. Pete.

When officers arrived minutes later, they found and arrested 23-year-old Christopher Michael Venegas of Clearwater.

Reviewing surveillance footage of the incident, officers say they observed Venegas kick and break an electronic keypad and call box at the northern door that allowed him access to the interior of the museum, a St. Petersburg Police Department news release states.

Police say Venegas was inside the museum for several minutes. However, nothing else was damaged and nothing was discovered missing.

Venegas was charged with one count of commercial burglary and taken to the Pinellas County Jail for booking.