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Man accused of setting fire to elementary school

Published On: May 03 2013 04:01:32 PM CDT

ROBERTS -

A 24-year old man is charged with breaking into a western Wisconsin elementary school and starting a fire that caused $1.5 million in damages.

Justin Nelson of Roberts was charged Friday with felony counts arson, criminal damage to property and burglary.

Police Chief Dan Burgess said Nelson was arrested Thursday at St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts. The complaint alleges Nelson stole drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder from the school nurse’s cabinet and several cameras from classrooms. Nelson is accused of setting fires in four different locations in the building.

St. Croix Central Elementary School has nearly 600 students. Classes were called off for the rest of the week. Administrators said classes are expected to resume Monday at a nearby Girl Scouts camp.

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