Thieves swipe cash from downtown museum

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 11:48am

Metro Police are continuing their investigation into an early morning burglary at the Charlie Daniels Band Museum downtown on Second Avenue.

Thieves grabbed $200 from the museum’s cash register but did not steal any of the band’s memorabilia, police said.

Police say the break-in occurred about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when the suspect or suspects kicked in the door of the Acoustic Cafe, located at 110 First Avenue, which shares the same building as the museum.

The cafe and museum are not divided and the suspects walked across the cafe, past the restaurant's empty cash machine, and entered the museum, where they took the $200, according to police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford.

The museum is “jam packed” with “thousands of photographs, guitars, tour merchandise and awards” according to the Website www.charliedaniels.com.

“Apparently they just walked by all the valuable collectables and took the cash machine,” Mumford told The City Paper.

Police currently have no suspects and have yet to pull on-site security camera footage that may have caught the burglars in progress.

Mumford said police rarely see break-ins at the stores and shops lining Second and First Avenue — the CDB Museum is between the Hard Rock Café and the Wildhorse Saloon.