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Hattiesburg City Hall surveillance footage released from 6/5/13

Hattiesburg City Hall surveillance footage released from 6/5/13

Surveillance footage of Hattiesburg's City Hall reveals that the front door was left unlocked, but that's not the only door that was open.

The door to the vault was also left unlocked.

The footage shows the door was left open after the election commission exited the building after verifying affidavit ballots for the majority of last Wednesday that would decide the who would be the next mayor of the City of Hattiesburg.

Along with the risk of ballots being tampered with, the incident left Hattiesburg citizens vulnerable to identity theft, and other crimes.

According to an incident report made available to the media by the Hattiesburg Police Department, a report was filed to police three hours after a man walked through the front doors of city hall.

The man who entered city hall at around 7:30 p.m. can be seen making brief conversation with a custodian before exiting the building.

"I was told by dispatch that the front door was unsecured and the vault was as well," Sgt. Jr. Burnett wrote in a police report at around 10 o'clock p.m.

He also mentions Francis Griffin, a staff member at city hall.

"Ms. Griffin stated that a cleaning lady was at city hall when a male subject walked in and inquired about voting. Griffin did state that she did not hear this from the cleaning lady herself," wrote Burnett in the police report.

His report matched the surveillance video that he walked through the building to observe the premises. 

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