- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez police have identified about 20 people captured on security cameras breaking into the now-closed Eola Hotel.

Detective Jerry Ford tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1Fu3Pjl ) that at least 15 teenagers and young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 came to the police station after the surveillance video was published in the newspaper this week.

Ford said the security cameras show groups of young adults entering the Eola, apparently from its rooftop, about a half a dozen times during the month of May. He said each has been identified and are from Mississippi and Louisiana.

“The parents have been very cooperative. They are disgusted by their child’s behavior and are willing to do whatever it takes to get this taken care of, including paying for damages,” Ford said.

Ford said it started when one group of young adults made their way to the Eola roof and posted photos taken from atop the building on Facebook. Apparently other teens made their way to the Eola rooftop after the Facebook postings , and eventually, a way to enter the building from the rooftop was discovered, he said.

“They’ve said they just went into the hotel from the roof and were playing ghost games and things went overboard,” Ford said. “No one is admitting to taking anything yet, although some did admit to going into the rooms and tearing things off the walls.”

Johnny Daves, director of security at Magnolia Bluffs Casino, said no decision has been made about pressing charges. Magnolia Bluffs owns the hotel.

“We have asked the police to further investigate, and we’ll see what the kids have to say. We’re looking for who tore it up, who vandalized and who took items,” Daves said.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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