Art News Dallas – 21-year-old breaks into Dallas art museum and causes $5.2 million in damage because he was ‘mad at his girlfriend’
Brian Hernandez, 21, destroyed a sixth-century Greek amphora and a jar dating back to 450 B.C., according to Dallas police documents.
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A man broke into the Texas Museum of Art and caused $5.2m (£4.14m) in damage – because he was mad at his girlfriend, he has told police.
Man Breaks Into Dallas Museum Of Art And Damages Several Artworks, Including 2,000 Year Old Greek Vases
Brian Hernandez, 21, was seen on CCTV outside the Dallas Museum of Art around 9:40pm Wednesday, before destroying valuable artifacts room by room.
Internal security footage shows him smashing a display case with three punches, smashing a sixth-century Greek amphora and a jar dating back to 450 BC.
He also destroyed a Kylix lion statue of Herakles and Nemeon worth $100,000 (£79,500), and a Batah Kuhuh crocodile worth the same.
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Mr Hernandez confessed when questioned by police, and when asked why he did it, he replied that he was “so mad at my daughter that he broke in and started destroying property”.
He was also recorded on CCTV smashing a laptop, phone, monitor, two wooden display boards and four Perspex display cases.
Hernandez, who was unarmed, was booked into the Dallas County Jail and charged with criminal mischief greater than or equal to $300,000. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
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Dallas police documents include a statement from the museum, which read: “This was an isolated incident by an individual who did not intend to steal artwork or anything on display at the museum.
“However, some artwork has been damaged and we are still assessing the extent of the damage.”
The spokesman added: “While we are very disappointed by this incident, we are pleased that no one was injured.
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The museum was previously damaged in an accident when a truck crane fell onto the roof of the building, injuring the operator and nearly losing the sculpture outside.