Two 21-year-old Palo Alto men believed responsible for several school burglaries in recent weeks have been arrested following a burglary at Terman Middle School Tuesday, Police Agent Dan Ryan reported.
Computers stolen from the school were recovered, he said.
The men were identified as Frank J. Taylor and Kyle Hopkins.
Hopkins is reportedly the son of the late Albert Hopkins, a Gunn High School teacher who was beaten by Palo Alto police officers in 2003 in a widely publicized incident. Albert Hopkins died last year.
Taylor was arrested Wednesday, hours after the burglary, and found with property from the school, Ryan said. He was booked into the main jail in San Jose and charged with one count of possession of stolen property and a probation violation.
Hopkins was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with one count of possession of stolen property and one count of burglary.
Police also found a stolen handgun when they searched his home, Ryan said. Hopkins is being charged with a second count of possession of stolen property and a separate charge of having a large capacity magazine for the handgun. He will be booked into the main jail, Ryan said.
The two men are believed to be responsible for several burglaries in recent months, Ryan said. School burglars have been targeting computers.
There have burglaries at nine schools in Palo Alto this year, Ryan said. The police will re-examine previous burglaries to see if Taylor or Hopkins were responsible for any of them.
"It's often someone who is familiar with the school," he added.
Anyone with information about school or other burglaries is asked to call the department's anonymous tip line at 650-329-2190.