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Suspect in school break-ins arrested

CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY (WRCB) – Deputies in Bradley County have arrested a suspect related to a series of burglaries at area schools.

Brian Everett Gladson, Jr., 26, of Cleveland was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into Lake Forest Middle School.

Gladson is charged with 25 counts of burglary, two counts of theft over $1,000, four counts of theft under $500, and one count of theft over $500, auto burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

According to deputies, Gladson's Nissan Pathfinder was spotted during a routine patrol around 5:00 a.m. in a wooded area near Lake Forest Middle. When deputies entered the school, they confronted a male suspect who fled on foot.

Deputies near the suspect's car were able to catch and arrest him.

Investigators say information provided by Gladson and uncovered during their investigation tied Gladson to burglaries at Lake forest and Bradley Central High School.

Gladson was charged with entering the buildings at Lake Forest Middle School 21 times, some buildings more than once. He is accused of breaking into 18 vending machines at the school, causing several thousand dollars in damage. School officials also reported a laptop computer, digital camera, and a sawsall were taken.

Gladson also face charges for breaking into Bradley Central High School. Gladson is accused of entering four buildings and burglarizing six vending machines.  In these burglaries a camera, tools and two laptop computers were stolen.

Gladson is being held in the Bradley County Jail without bond pending further charges in the investigation.

Deputies wished to point out they believe Gladson only entered the schools at times when students were out for holiday or snow.

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