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City Hall break-in investigated

NATCHEZ — Natchez Police are investigating a break-in at City Hall that occurred sometime before Saturday evening on Dec. 21.

At least two obsolete cell phones that were no longer in use are missing, officials said.

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell said he and another city employee noticed the back door of the building appeared to have been kicked in as well as another door upstairs to the Information Technology Department.

Grennell said he then contacted local law enforcement.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said officers were dispatched to the building at approximately 6 p.m. on Dec. 21.

Armstrong said investigators have reviewed surveillance footage from City Hall and requested information from other cameras in the surrounding area.

Armstrong said he could not give any other details as of Monday as the investigation is ongoing.

“We are still assessing the inventory to find out if anything else was taken,” Armstrong said. “These were phones that they didn’t have any intention of ever using again. I’m not sure why a person would want used cell phones. There is some suspicion in that someone would commit a felony by breaking into a government building to take them. … This is an ongoing investigation in terms of developing a suspect and also in determining whether there was anything else taken.”

Armstrong said anyone with additional information should call the Natchez Police Department at 601-445-5565 or Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000 to report anonymously.