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10/30/2016 Member News
Break-in at The Florida Holocaust Museum

Kristen Wright
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Break-in at The Florida Holocaust Museum

Man arrested early Sunday morning for forced entry into The FHM

October 30, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] - At 3:04 a.m., a man broke into The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) by kicking and breaking the back door electronic security panel.

St Petersburg Police responded within minutes of the break-in and took the intruder into custody. No one was hurt and no damage was done to the interior of the Museum as internal security measures prevented the intruder from getting past the delivery area.

"In the past few years, local grants from Homeland Security have allowed us to begin upgrading our security systems," said The FHM Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman. "Those security measures - and the quick response from the St Petersburg Police - assisted in keeping damage to the minimum."

"At this time, no one seems to know why the man wanted to get into the Museum," said Gelman. "We will continue to work hard to protect our important collection as well as our visitors and staff."

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

About The Florida Holocaust Museum
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit