Burglars hit the Neshoba County Coliseum last week and while only a small amount of change was taken "several thousands of dollars" in damages were incurred, the authorities said.

Sheriff's Investigator Grant Myers said entry was gained inside the coliseum through a side door sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday morning.

The coliseum was closed on Good Friday. Workmen found the damages on Saturday, prior to an event.

"We believe they used some type of wire to unlock the double doors," Myers said.

Two metal interior doors were damaged or destroyed along with several locks on filing cabinets, desks, drink machines and coolers in the concession area where a door was pried open, he said.

"They also tried to make entry into the office which was secured with a deadbolt.

A vending machine on the concourse was also destroyed.

County Administrator Benjie Coats told supervisors on Monday that no money from concession sales or ticket sales is ever left in the coliseum after an event.

"We don't keep any money there," he said.

Coats estimated that the damages would cost the county "several thousands of dollars," as the metal doors and frames were costly.

The county will file a claim with its insurance carrier, he said.