Decatur Police are Searching for a Suspect after a Museum Break-In

Decatur Police continue to search for a thief who broke into and ransacked a local museum

"They took everything out of the drawers," said museum director, Evelyn Hood.  "Everything.  We couldn't even walk in here when the police came here."

Evelyn Hood has been the director of Decatur's African American Cultural Museum for two decades.  This is the first time it's been broken into.

"I'm wondering why us," said hood.

She arrived at the museum Friday afternoon to find the back window shattered and a brick inside the back entrance. Several items were missing including a computer monitor, a flat screen tv, a  v-c-r, and a video projector.

"We really are looking for these perpetrators because we've just been here 3 months," said Hood.

The museum was shut down for quite some time after the lease for its previous building was not renewed.

"We don't want to go through this anymore," said Hood.

Police are investigating the break-in and Hood believes the suspect is someone who frequents the museum because most of the stolen items were stored in secret places.  Co-workers say if this is case, it's undeserved.

"She's a very very kind person," said curatorial assistant, Orlando Owens.

And she's not letting this steal her joy.

"This doesn't stop me."

The museum is set to re-open on Monday.

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