Police searching for two men after Sixth Floor Museum break-in

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 4 at 4:25 PM

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DALLAS — Police are searching for two men who broke into the Sixth Floor Museum early Tuesday morning in the 400 block of Elm Street in downtown Dallas.

The men entered the first floor of the museum that houses artifacts from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy  and stole a safe. They were able to attach the safe to the back of a stolen 1990 Chevy pickup, but were then spotted by a Dallas County officer at the museum.

The officer reportedly opened fire after the men allegedly began driving the truck towards the guard. Neither man was hurt, but they wrecked out the truck around the corner of the museum and abandoned the vehicle.

Both men, described as black males in their 20s, then fled the scene, heading in different directions on foot.

Police reported the truck was stolen overnight from an area in the 8000 block of Rothington Road.

The museum was closed for the day as the Dallas County Sheriff's Office investigates the incident. "Our collections and historical materials are safe and secure," said museum spokeswoman Deborah Marine.

Only county commissioners were allowed inside the building to attend their regular Tuesday session. "Probably somewhat of an inside job," said Commissioner John Wiley Price, who added that the museum's security cameras "had been disengaged."

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office would not confirm Price's information. They also did not reveal what was inside the safe.

The museum, housed in the former Texas School Book Repository building, plans to reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com

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