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Man wanted in Jackson school break ins caught

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JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - 6:00 PM Update:

Ask and sometimes you shall receive.

That is what two schools in Breathitt County got last night when they learned the man that broke into their buildings was caught
and best of all, their missing items were found. Jackson City School Superintendent Kyle Lively was overjoyed when he heard his school's iPads were found.

"I had gotten a text that said 'We may have the stuff' and you know, you are always thinking 'Is it true, have they actually gotten the belongings and are they actually our iPads?'," said Lively.

Much to his satisfaction, they are. Digital cameras, crossbows and even the shirt off the suspect's back were also recovered by Jackson Police Wednesday night. Police Chief Kenneth Spicer said that is when they arrested Breahitt County escapee Brandon Nipper in connection with the break-ins.

"It feels good to be able to give the kids back the property that they deserve," said Spicer.

Nipper now faces burglary charges for breaking into Breathitt County High School and Jackson City School.

"We had one officer spend a 16 hour day to solve this case and he done a good job," said Spicer.

For Jackson City Superintendent Kyle Lively, picking up his school's belongings was a happy reunion.

"It puts you at ease as an administrator because you are always concerned where are the funds going to come from and given budgetary constraints. You never know where your next dollar is going to come from to buy those supplemental materials to help your students," said Lively.

Lively said all the thanks goes to Jackson PD. Chief Spicer added that Nipper initially tried to hide from officers and because of that, he will also face resisting arrest charges.

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8:00 PM Update:

Jackson Police tell us they have arrested a man in connection with the school break in's.

Brandon Nipper was arrested within the last few hours about 10 miles west of Jackson in Breathitt County. He was hiding in a home on John Street off Quicksand Road in the Robinson subdivision. He was on the run from police already after escaping from the Breathitt County Jailer back in late October.

Police tell us they have recovered most of the stolen property, including several iPads. Nipper is expected to be taken to the Three Forks Regional Jail in Lee County. We are continuing to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Original Story:

Police need your help. Jackson Police hope you can identify a man they believe broke into two schools in Breathitt County on Wednesday night.

Shattered windows and busted up doors is the mess left behind following break-ins at Breathitt County High School and Jackson City School. Jackson City Schools Superintendent Kyle Lively said stealing from children is just wrong.

"People here really embellish this school and support this school and to take instructional needs from our students is just sickening quite frankly," said Lively.

Jackson PD pulled images from one of the school's security cameras. In them, you can see a white man, wearing a dark-colored hoodie. Police Chief Kenneth Spicer said he hopes someone will recognize him and help solve potentially both cases.

"We believe both of those are related because they did the same things at both schools ," said Spicer.

Lively said his school lost 19 iPads, which is a favorite among students. In addition, he said the school is missing a couple crossbows.

"The biggest thing is it affects our kids. That is taking items, some hand held devices and some instructional tools, from the use of our students and that is the saddening part about that," said Lively.

As for Breathitt County High School, police said this man did not make off with much, just some change from pop machines. But despite the visible damage, officials with both schools stressed their facilities are safe.

"This is nothing that at any time students were in jeopardy but as any event, you want to learn from that and we always hold student safety as our number on priority," said Lively.

Spicer said a car was also broken into near the schools. He cannot determine whether that crime was committed by the same person but said the car was located about one mile from both schools.

If you recognize the man in the security pictures, which you can find in the video above, Jackson Police ask you to call them. Their number is 606-666-2424.


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