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POLICE: Louisville man arrested after breaking into Waverly Hills

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Christopher M. Ward (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Christopher M. Ward (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say something was stirring at the Waverly Hills Sanitarium Thursday morning, but it wasn't ghosts.

According to an arrest report, Louisville Metro Police arrested a Louisville man after he and two accomplices broke into the historical landmark -- now marketed as a haunted house -- and shot pictures of themselves inside the building.

The alleged incident took place just before 9 a.m. on Paralee Lane, near Dixie Hwy. and E. Pages Lane.

Police say 19-year-old Christopher M. Ward and two others threw a brick through a window and climbed inside. While there, the trio allegedly moved cases of soft drinks to the window and used a cell phone to take images of themselves inside the building, outside the building and standing next to the broken window.

Ward was arrested at his home a few hours later, according to the report. Police say he confessed on tape to the crime.

He was charged with third degree burglary.

The Sanitarium, which is marketed as "the scariest place on earth," according to its official website, opened in 1910 to house tuberculosis patients. A larger facility was built in 1926 with the capacity to house up to 400 patients, according to the website.

It was later closed down and renovated. Today, the building serves as a local tourist attraction and "haunted house."

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