On Thursday, police in Memphis arrested Larry Cole, 54, after he was reportedly caught stealing a large amount of copper and building materials from inside the National Civil Rights Museum.
A security guard discovered a ladder propped outside the building, which led into an open second-floor window.
When police arrived, they found Cole inside carrying a large box of copper taken from the museum's current renovations project.
Once Cole spotted the officers, he went deeper inside the museum, according to police.
A sad irony to this case is the fact that the same day the National Civil Rights Museum was being burglarized, the country was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington D.C.
Museum visitor Stephen Kelley, told WREG:
People who do stuff like that don’t relate things with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and what happened here. I do know that our country has a long way to go before we complete the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Cole has been charged with burglary and is currently being held at the Shelby County Jail on $50,000 bail.
His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 6.