Four people were seen leaving the closed Manchester Inn in downtown Middletown. FILE PHOTO

Police: 4 enter closed Middletown hotel looking for ‘ghosts’

They told officers they were looking for ghosts.

Police were called to the former Manchester Inn, 1027 Manchester Road, last week after the owner William Grau said he noticed someone had cut the bolts and possibly entered the building, according to a police report.

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When police arrived, four people were seen leaving the hotel. One of them told police he saw a woman walk inside and they wanted to make sure she was OK. But others told police that Xavier Paynter, 23, of Middletown, unscrewed the door and they wanted to see if there were any ghosts inside.

Paynter had a green metal toolbox, ratchet and socket on him, according to police. He was charged with criminal trespass and possession of criminal tools.

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The parents of the juveniles were called and told to pick up their sons. They were told not to return to the hotel and if they did, they would be charged with criminal trespass.

Paynter will have his pre-trial hearing Dec. 14 in Middletown Municipal Court, according to records.

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