Suspects found in abandoned Big Blue River tower, are arrested

BEATRICE - Two southeast Nebraska men have been arrested as suspects in a burglary at an abandoned river dam tower. 

Gage County Sheriff’s officers responded last Saturday night to a report of a suspicious person inside the tower in Blue Springs.

Arriving deputies found two men inside the structure, hiding on the second floor.   Both initially refused commands to come out of the building, but eventually were taken into custody by deputies.

They are identified as 47-year-old John Gruhn, of Stella…..and 64-year-old Edward Findlay, of Table Rock.

During a search of the tower’s second floor…law officers found a cooler containing several tools including sockets and wrenches…a concrete saw…a battery-powered drill and an extension ladder. 

Authorities allege the ladder had been pulled up to the second floor after the two suspects had climbed up to the floor.  Investigators believe the two men had come to the location to steal items from the tower, which is owned by a private citizen.

Both Gruhn and Findlay were jailed on suspicion of burglary, attempted theft and possession of burglar tools.