Burglar Suspect Forces Lewiston-Porter Schools on Lockout

January 6, 2011 Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 6, 2011 Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM EDT

Police say 36 year old Lee Gates broke into a home near the campus of the Lewiston-Porter Central School District. The resident of the home located on Creek Road in the Town of Porter, told police he saw Gates go into his basement. The homeowner confronted the suspect then the suspect fled.

Authorities alerted the Lewiston-Porter School District there was a burglar on the loose in the area. In response, the campus quickly went into lockout mode around 11am. Under lockout conditions, all exterior doors, entrances and windows are locked and secured. No one is allowed to enter or leave the buildings.

On the Lewiston-Porter campus there are two elementary schools, one middle school and a high school. School administrators say their emergency procedures were effective and they had the school on lockout less than five minutes after being notified by police.

Police and sheriff's deputies scoured the area in search of Gates by helicopter and on foot. Officials finally tracked him down more than an hour later in a wooded area off of Creek Road, near Cain Road. Gates has been arrested and is being charged with second degree burglary and criminal mischief. He will be arraigned in front of a Town of Porter court judge.