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Update: Lincoln Police arrest suspect in school burglary

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

An arrest has been made in the Dawes Middle School burglary but someone else is left to pay for the damage.

Just over two weeks ago, someone used a handgun to break into classrooms at the school.  They took computers and a projector and offices belonging to both the school and Big Brothers Big Sisters were trashed.

The non–profit's director says they have insurance, but they're still stuck with a big bill.

"This is all going to come out of the pocket for Big Brothers Big Sisters and that just means money that we're not going to have now to serve another child in our community," Julie Cervantes-Salomons said.

Police arrested 20–year–old Bruce Sheltraw Grandel in connection to the burglary on Tuesday night at a traffic stop.  Their investigation showed the night the break in occurred, Sheltraw Grandel went to St. Elizabeth's with a leg injury that required 24 staples to close.  Police believe it happened kicking out windows at the school.

"Blood was found at the scene consistent with someone kicking in a window and sustaining an injury," Officer Katie Flood said.  "Investigators went to make contact with Bruce, but he had already been released from the hospital."

He was cited for burglary, use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm on school property.

Two of the stolen computers were found in a snow bank but need to be replaced.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will have to come up with about $1,500 out of pocket.  The school will have to pay for damage as well.

"We've been blessed, we've never had anything like this happened to us so you know I guess it was our turn and it's just unfortunate," Cervantes-Salomons said.

If you're interested in helping, Big Brothers Big Sisters is accepting donations on their web site.

http://www.hbbbs.org/site/c.4nJFJVPyEdKOE/b.6362471/k.EEC7/Home_Page.htm

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom
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Police say the suspect used a gun to shoot out a window to get inside the school.

The burglary at Dawes Middle School happened on December 20th.  Police say a handgun was used to shoot out windows inside the school.  Later that day, officers were called to St. Elizabeth's where 20-year-old Bruce Sheltraw-Grandel was being treated for a large cut on his leg.  Police say Sheltraw-Grandel cut his leg by kicking in the windows at Dawes after shooting them. 

He was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday night at 48th & Knox.

"Blood was found at the scene consistent with someone kicking in a window and sustaining an injury.  Investigators went to make contact with Bruce, but he had already been released from the hospital," Officer Katie Flood said.

Sheltraw-Grandel was cited for burglary, use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm on school property.

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