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Overnight break-in at DMA Leaves $5 Million of Ancient Art Destroyed

Larry Lease

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Dallas Police arrested 21-year-old for causing millions of dollars in damage.Kenny Eliason/Unsplash

A man broke into the Dallas Museum of Art and caused nearly $5 million in damage, destroying ancient art including three historic Greek objects. The man was eventually arrested and identified as 21-year-old Brian Hernandez. According to the Dallas News, he approached the museum's entrance and broke the glass doors with a metal chair around 9:40 p.m. and then began destroying objects once he got inside the museum.

Hernandez managed to break into a glass case and shatter a Greek ceramic vase and a Greek pot from 450 B.C. The pieces together were valued at nearly $5 million. NBC5 says that the value could change once curators and museum insurers give their final assessment. The Dallas News reported that the museum remained open to the public, but some of the permanent collection galleries were still closed due to the ongoing investigation. While Hernandez managed to shatter more than 24,000 objects in the museum, they were hardly the costliest items the museum has owned. In 2012, the DMA once housed a Leonardo da Vinci painting that is now considered the world's most valuable artwork. It was eventually sold to the Saudi crown prince for $450 million.

According to NBC5, Hernandez was found by a DMA security guard who apprehended him before calling the police. Police eventually read him his rights, before transporting him to the Dallas County Jail. Dallas News reports that Hernandez is now facing a charge of criminal mischief greater than $300,000 and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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