BEATRICE – One of two persons arrested in a gas station burglary in Beatrice has admitted to his role in the crime.
Michael Grant, of Beatrice pleaded guilty Wednesday, to aiding and abetting attempted burglary, a charge reduced in a plea agreement.
Grant and Austin Watts were arrested by Beatrice Police investigating a burglary of Nick’s Shell Station at Ninth and Court, on January 29th. In the plea agreement, Grant agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in the case against the co-defendant.
Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan says Grant served as a lookout during the break-in.
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Prosecutors allege Watts used a screwdriver to break the lock on a door. Police reviewed store surveillance video to aid in the investigation.
Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner scheduled sentencing for Grant, on June 20th. Grant initially faced a charge of aiding and abetting burglary.
On the conviction for the reduced charge, he could receive up to three years in prison and post-release supervision. The plea agreement contains a joint recommendation for probation.