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Louisville man accused of breaking into JCPS school, vandalizing property

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Keith Dawson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Keith Dawson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a man who broke into a JCPS school and left behind a trail of destruction.

According to an arrest report, it happened just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at 1107 S. 17th Street. That address is listed as Wheatley Elementary School.

Police say they were dispatched to the school after a report that a burglar alarm had been tripped. When they arrived, an officer allegedly looked through a first floor window and spotted 18-year-old Keith Dawson and two other unidentified suspects breaking into vending machines inside the school.

According to the arrest report, Dawson and the others tried to exit through the doors on the southwest side of the school. 

When a police officer confronted them, Dawson surrendered, even as the other two suspects ran away.

Police say they searched the school with a K9. Inside, they allegedly discovered that a vending machine had been smashed, walls had been written on, a fire extinguisher had been sprayed throughout the school and the cafeteria had been vandalized.

Dawson was arrested and charged with third degree burglary and first degree criminal mischief. There is no word on the other suspects.

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