LIBERTY, Mo. -- Three teenage girls trespassed onto a local winery’s property and documented their experience with photos that they later shared on Facebook.
When it got back to the owners of Belvoir Winery in Liberty, they used the same social media site to track the offenders down. FOX 4 blurred the faces of the girls because they are juveniles.
There are 17 pictures posted on Facebook. Those very pictures helped the owner of Belvoir Winery track three teenage trespassers.
Three friends had a photo shoot inside an abandoned building. There are pictures of the girls climbing through windows and posing in front of walls. And then those pictures were posted on Facebook.
“We have teachers and parents who come out to the winery and honestly they report it pretty often,” said Jesse Leimkuehler, the CEO of Belvoir Winery.
He means they report trespassers. The building these teenagers broke in to belong to Jesse Leimkuehle. Of the four buildings on the property, only one is renovated. So break-ins are common.
“It happens very often, but I know we do between three or four arrests a week currently,” he said.
There always seems to be visitors both seen and unseen across the 170 acre property. There’s known paranormal activity in the buildings that used to operate as an orphanage, nursing, old folks home, and hospital. Ghosts are more than welcome; it’s the law breakers that Leimkuehler wants to stop.
“They can literally die in those buildings. There are some areas where you can fall in the wrong spot and not be found for a really long time,” said Leimkuehler
He says it’s an issue of safety. Some of the buildings are more than a century old with asbestos, lead paint, and soft floors. That’s why he’s ramping up security around the area.
Within an hour of posting to the winery’s Facebook about the trespassers, the girls came forward. Leimkuehler says he is not pressing charges.
One of the girls called FOX 4 and says they have learned their lesson and won’t do it again.