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Thieves hit Duveneck Elementary School

More than $6,000 in computers, cameras stolen from classrooms

Thieves who entered through an open window at Duveneck Elementary School took computers and digital cameras worth approximately $6,200, a Palo Alto police spokesman said.

The theft occurred at 705 Alester Ave. between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, and 7 a.m. Thursday, June 9. The school principal reported the burglary to police Thursday morning, police Agent Max Nielepko said.

The thieves entered through an unlocked window and took two desktop computers, a laptop, two digital cameras and thumb drives, he said.

The culprits are currently unknown, but detectives are following leads, he said.

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Thieves hit Duveneck Elementary School

More than $6,000 in computers, cameras stolen from classrooms

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sat, Jun 11, 2011, 9:42 pm
Updated: Mon, Jun 13, 2011, 8:34 am

Thieves who entered through an open window at Duveneck Elementary School took computers and digital cameras worth approximately $6,200, a Palo Alto police spokesman said.

The theft occurred at 705 Alester Ave. between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, and 7 a.m. Thursday, June 9. The school principal reported the burglary to police Thursday morning, police Agent Max Nielepko said.

The thieves entered through an unlocked window and took two desktop computers, a laptop, two digital cameras and thumb drives, he said.

The culprits are currently unknown, but detectives are following leads, he said.

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insurance
Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2011 at 10:19 am
insurance, Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2011 at 10:19 am
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- two desktop computers: $1800
- a laptop: $1200
- two digital cameras: $700
- thumb drives: change
The actual cost would be even less since they would have education discounts.
So how does this add up to $6,200 or is someone ripping off the district selling them overpriced hardware?


perhaps you missed the point
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
perhaps you missed the point, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
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I think the point of the article is things were taken from the school, not the exact worth of the things. Maybe the value estimate was done off the top of someone's head at the scene and will be revised with some price research. Maybe you dont know what was taken or if you do, perhaps the police should be interviewing you. ;-) "Digital camera", for example, is a generic term that can cover a wide price range.

"is someone ripping off the district selling them overpriced hardware?" Perhaps these were donated items, The story does not say.

You assume a lot.


Tail End of the Baby Boom
Community Center
on Jun 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Tail End of the Baby Boom, Community Center
on Jun 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm
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Thank you "perhaps you missed the point"...


Agree with "Insurance"
Duveneck School
on Jun 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Agree with "Insurance", Duveneck School
on Jun 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm
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Education is considered a business and businesses overpay for products all the time!

Math programs/textbooks need to be reconsidered every 7 years. How has math changed? The traditional textbooks we grew up with are superior to the new math. PAUSD paid at least a million dollars for the critically despised Everyday Math program for their elementary schools.


insurance
Crescent Park
on Jun 13, 2011 at 8:18 am
insurance, Crescent Park
on Jun 13, 2011 at 8:18 am
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I totally understood the main point.
You, however, simply accept grossly exaggerated numbers as facts. From your response, until you read my query, it is quite clear you read a quote saying that over $6,000 dollars worth of equipment was stolen and believed it.
Poor reporting is poor reporting. And those that read reports with an ex cathedra acceptance of what is written believe that Obama is a Muslim.


Becky Sanders
Ventura
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:05 am
Becky Sanders, Ventura
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:05 am
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Hey Yoo Hoo - Guys?

Our kids' school was ripped off. Okay? Don't forget that the point of the article is that we have these creepers patrolling our streets looking for opportunistic crimes.

Great idea, what is your point and why don't you anonymous hiders use your names and stand behind the goofy stuff you're saying?

Consider doing some investigative reporting? Seriously. There is such a need for reporters. They're spread so thin nowadays. You care enough to comment, but do you care enough to make a difference?


stretch
another community
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:06 am
stretch, another community
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:06 am
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I think the main point should be: duh, why was the window left unlocked? Most thieves are opportunists - they target unlocked cars, doors and windows. So, why tepmt them with something this easy to rob, no matter how much the stolen articles are worth? Take care with "your" belongings and take simple precautions.


cost vs. experience
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:10 am
cost vs. experience, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:10 am
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Please stop to think of the staff and, more importantly, the students at Duveneck. The cost of the stolen items is inconsequential compared to how this event has impacted the students. Teachers and staff work to make school a safe place...that feeling of safety is critical for effective teaching. The feeling of trust and safety is not as easily restored as a stolen laptop.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:16 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:16 am
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Not so sure that this is an opportunit crime although it may well be, but the thieves would have had to have been on the lookout for an open window or they would not have found it.

My thoughts whenever I read of a crime like this is that possibly the window was left open deliberately by students or someone inside who later returned to steal what they knew they would find. Some classrooms have no equipment worthy to steal and others do. An insider would know which classroom to target and where to find anything of value.

Whatever the reason, stealing from our schools is intolerable.


Feasible
Evergreen Park
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:49 am
Feasible, Evergreen Park
on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:49 am
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Apple's Web site lists a 27 inch iMac starting at $1,999 and a MacPro at $2,499. Were the computers high end or used for graphics? How about the cameras?

"Insurance" propounds without adequate information.


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