UPDATED: 50-year-old man taken into custody following burglary at East Grand Middle School
(Updated at 5 p.m. Nov. 28 with additional information from the school district.)
A 50-year-old man was arrested today by Granby police in connection to a recent burglary at East Grand Middle School.
In the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, a person forced their way into the East Grand School District Office, located behind Middle Park High School in Granby, and stole a set of keys, which were then used to access the middle school, Granby Police Chief James Kraker told Sky-Hi News.
Kraker said this afternoon that the suspect — whose name has not officially been released due to the ongoing investigation, but was described as approximately 50 years of age — stole additional keys from the school and attempted to access a safe inside, but was unsuccessful. School personnel entered the office to start the workday as the intruder hid under a desk. The man then ran out of the building back through the boiler room, according to East Grand Superintendent Frank Reeves.
Granby police responded to the school on Monday where they were shown surveillance footage of the suspect inside and outside of the school, according to the department. Using the surveillance footage, police were able to identify the suspect, who was placed under arrest today.
During the execution of a search warrant following the man’s arrest, officers located additional evidence that further tied the suspect to the scene of the crime, as well as another potential burglary, according to Kraker.
Kraker declined to provide any information regarding the other potential burglary due to the ongoing investigation.
In an email sent out late Tuesday afternoon to all parents of East Grand School District students, Reeves said the school will continue to improve its safety measures.
“This incident brings to the forefront the need to take safety seriously,” he said in the email. “If you ever hear of a possible safety issue at our schools, please contact school or district personnel immediately as well as local law enforcement.
“Together as a community we will continue to do everything possible to keep our students and staff safe.”
Sky-Hi News will report more information as details are released, stay tuned to our website, http://www.SkyHiNews.com. Bryce Martin, Sky-Hi News editor, contributed to this report.
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