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Police looking for Great Plains Technology Center break-in suspect

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:43 AM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - A day after closing for Thanksgiving break someone broke into one of the buildings on the Great Plains Technology Center campus.

The suspect is believed to have entered through the garage door around 1 a.m. on Saturday, which takes you directly into the welding shop and into Great Plains’ main building.

Campus Director Justin McNeil said the suspect spent a total of two hours vandalizing and rummaging through the building.

“Primarily breaking into offices and classrooms going through drawers. He did take some TVs off of the wall. We have not found any large items missing yet, but as our employees return to work I’m sure we’ll start finding some smaller items that were taken out of those desks, classrooms, and offices,” McNeil said.

The suspect was seen on security cameras walking out with a bookbag and duffle bag that are believed to be full of small items.

“I really hope it’s not a former student, and there’s nothing to lead us to believe that it would be an upset student or former student from GPTC at this time,” McNeil said.

“We’re just grateful that it was discovered early and not when students came back. I’m just so grateful that students didn’t have to walk in on the 29th and see all of this mess that was pretty shocking,” Marketing and Communications Director Teresa Abrams said.

McNeil hopes this is the last time he has to deal with something like this.

“I have not seen anything like this going into my sixth year here at Great Plains Technology Center. Nothing like this has ever happened since I been here,” McNeil said.

If you have any information on the suspect, you can call Crime Stoppers at 355-INFO.

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