Man Found Sleeping In Lorraine Motel After Breaking Into National Civil Rights Museum

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(Memphis)  Memphis Police are investigating an overnight break-in at the National Civil Rights Museum. Police say a man threw a rock through one of the museum’s second floor windows late Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found the man asleep on a bed inside Room 308 of the old Lorraine Motel. The room is just a few doors down from Room 306 the room outside of which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. At this time, investigators say it appears nothing was taken from the museum but windows were broken in rooms 307 and 308. Dexter Anderson is charged with vandalism over $500 and Criminal Trespass. Memphis Police told us Anderson stole the wreath that marks where Dr. King was assassinated, off the balcony of the Lorraine motel. “Why would you want to do that?” exclaimed museum visitor Kaitlyn Soell. Police say Anderson then broke into rooms rooms 307 and 308. “It’s just so disrespectful that someone could do that to Dr. King and his legacy,” said museum visitor Ramona Wilson. It’s teacher Ramona Wilson’s third time bringing her Texas students to the National Civil Rights Museum. Last year the museum was getting renovated, so she couldn’t take a peek into the room where Dr. King stayed in 1968. “This year we were really banking on seeing Dr. King’s room up close and personal,” said Wilson. But the third time isn’t always the charm, the group couldn’t look into the room because repairmen spent much of the morning replacing the shattered glass. The break-in almost forced visitors to miss out on another museum experience. Police couldn’t find the stolen wreath for nearly seven hours. They believe Anderson stashed it about a half mile away at G.E. Patterson and Fourth. “It’s not an artifact but it’s a part of our setting and it is important to us,” said Museum administrator, Tracy Lauritzen Wright. Luckily, detectives returned the missing wreath in time for visitors like 17-year-old Kaitlyn Soell, “My favorite part was learning how King made the biggest change.” Anderson faced several theft and burglary charges in Shelby County before, dating back to 2002.

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