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The 15-year-old Lincoln Southeast student who brought a loaded revolver to school Monday is a suspect in two auto thefts Sunday, police said.

A 41-year-old woman reported just after 10 a.m. Sunday that her Ford F-150 pickup had been stolen from where it was parked at 22nd and Ryons streets. She said the key was stored in the center console.

Witnesses reported seeing the suspect in the stolen vehicle at 16th and Calvert streets at about 8 p.m. throwing objects out the window.

Police were able to develop a suspect from surveillance images. 

That evening at 9:30 p.m., a 23-year-old woman reported her vehicle was stolen by several people when she stopped at Super C on South 10th Street.

Police said they had gone to Southeast to question the student and found the gun in his backpack. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm on school grounds, concealing a gun, unlawful possession of a revolver and two counts of theft. He was taken to the Youth Services Center.

“At no time do police believe any students or staff at Southeast High School were being threatened,” a letter to parents from Principal Brent Toalson said. 

The student, who was not identified in the letter, will face appropriate consequences at school, administrators said.

The letter also asked parents to remind their children to report anything that makes them uncomfortable to a trusted adult or through the green “Safe to Say” button on the LPS website.

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