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Beatrice Police arrested two men for burglary on Tuesday.

Sergeant Jay Murphy of the Beatrice Police Department said that Beatrice residents Austin Watts, 19, and Michael Grant, also 19, were arrested after being identified from surveillance video footage of a burglary at Nick’s Shell gas station on Monday morning.

The burglary took place at the convenience store at 900 Court St. in Beatrice before the store opened on Monday morning. The front lock was forced open and several hundred dollars worth of cigarettes, food and beverages were taken from the store.

Murphy said that Watts was identified by two different people, one within the police department and another who called in a tip.

“We ended up getting enough evidence to obtain a search warrant on Watts' residence,” Murphy said. “We served the search warrant and located some items from the burglary.”

After speaking with Watts and another person at the residence, Murphy said that they were able to determine that Grant was also a suspect.

Both men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon. Murphy said that neither had much of a criminal history, other than a few traffic violations.

The two men are being held at the Gage County Detention Center.


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