UPDATE: After more than an hour of heightened security, the lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Lewiston High School went into lockdown Monday around noon.

The Lewiston Superintendents' office said there was a threat in the area that forced the school to lockdown.

Lewiston police sent a press release saying they were investigating the report of a firearm theft in the area. According to the report, a suspect was seen entering a Bates St. apartment building located near Lewiston High School.

'Two Lewiston schools (Lewiston High School and Martel Elementary School) have taken precautionary “lock down” measures as per protocol due to the proximity of the school as it has yet to be determined if, in fact, the suspect is inside. There have been no threats directed to the school nor is there reason to believe that children or school staff are in any danger at this time. Again, this is precautionary at this time,' said Lieutenant David St Pierre of the Lewiston Police Department.