Mark Murto faces felony for allegedly stealing two six packs of beer from Science Museum

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Who needs liquor stores when you've got Science Museum fridges?
Mark Murto may have to pay dearly for the two six packs of beer he allegedly heisted from the Science Museum on Friday afternoon. He's been charged with third-degree burglary and could spend up to a half-decade behind bars.

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But before you shed any tears for Murto, 52, know that he's also charged with stealing a teacher's wallet from a Science Museum classroom on Thursday. He faces a more severe second-degree burglary charge in connection with that incident that could land him in prison for a decade.

The Pioneer Press details Murto's booze-fueled two-day Science Museum crime spree:
Science Museum surveillance footage showed a person entering a nonpublic kitchen around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the criminal complaint.

The person left, entered again a few minutes later, emerged carrying the beer, looked around, and left the museum, the complaint said.

The beer -- two six-packs of Heineken -- belonged to a caterer, according to a police report.

The incident came a day after a teacher in a science museum classroom came back from lunch to find her purse ransacked and her wallet missing, the complaint said.

Surveillance video showed the same person entering and exiting the classroom, according to the complaint.

On Saturday, an off-duty police officer working at the museum saw a person entering the museum wearing the same clothes shown in the surveillance video. The officer identified the person, who smelled strongly of alcohol, as Murto and arrested him, the complaint said.
When police asked him about the beer he was seen walking out of the museum with, Murto said: "The beer thing, okay. I don't even remember where I got that, but I got some beer and they showed me carrying two things of Heineken, I think."

Murto told police he was downtown for the college hockey tournament at the Xcel Center (he was allegedly seen wearing a University of Minnesota hat on surveillance footage). He said he's prone to blackouts when he drinks too much, though he said he did remember entering the Science Museum to go to the bathroom.

Assuming there weren't sixers chilling in the bathroom or under the diplodocus skeleton, it sounds like Murto will have a hard time mounting a strong defense here.


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13 comments
Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

it was the booze talkin son, it was the booze talkin....

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Nope, didn't bother to do any research on the guy or read the article to see he has a long history of crime. Did the article state that? I don't actually read articles on City Pages..too slanted as is the title of the article that implies he's an innocent.

Stephen John Henninger
Stephen John Henninger

If you bothered to do research before reaching an opinion you would see that he has a criminal history in Minnesota that includes at least 13 theft convictions, five burglary convictions and a handful of other offenses, according to court records. He remains in custody with bail set at $30,000. - Poor guy....yup, free him he isn't trouble.

Candi Olson
Candi Olson

wont happen, but thanks for getting people's panties in a bunch.

Derek McMorrow
Derek McMorrow

He wont sit any jail time. If any of you have ever been through the court systems... he might sit in jail for 2-3 days till his court date then will be out on probation.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Five years for stealing beer but less than one for many rapists. Amazing.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

The Wall Street insiders who collapsed the world economy in 2008? Still free. The guys who committed torture for the Bush administration? Pardoned today by the Obama administration. But at LEAST we got THIS guy!

David Olson
David Olson

Science Museum got beer??? What are their hours?

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