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Gunn burglary suspects arrested, laptops found

Police checking possible connections with other Palo Alto school thefts

Two laptop computers were recovered and two 18-year-old suspects arrested Wednesday (Aug. 3) in connection with a Gunn High School burglary two weeks ago, Palo Alto police said.

The arrests were the first in connection with a recent string of thefts that have hit four Palo Alto campuses, including Palo Alto High School, Jordan Middle School and Duveneck Elementary School.

Police said they are investigating whether the incidents are connected.

Alfredo Gonzalez of East Palo Alto was arrested for burglary, and Nayely Castillo, also of East Palo Alto, was arrested for possession of stolen property in the Gunn theft.

Castillo and Gonzalez's names matched names on Palo Alto High School's graduation lists for 2010 and 2011 respectively. Police said they did not know where the two had gone to school.

The Gunn classroom burglary occurred sometime during the night of July 21 or morning of July 22, police said.

Access was gained through an unlocked window, police said at the time. The two MacBook Pros were valued together at $2,200, they said.

"This burglary at Gunn High School was one of several break-ins in recent weeks that have targeted Palo Alto schools," the police department said in a statement.

"The Police Department realizes that students are the real victims in these burglaries, and is working tirelessly to solve these crimes, recover stolen property and hold the responsible persons accountable."

Police Lt. Sandra Brown said Thursday "There's a possible connection (between the Gunn burglary and those at other schools), but we don't know at this point. We're obviously looking into any connection."

In other recent school incidents, which remain under investigation, five Apple MacBooks were missing following a July 28 window-smashing of a Jordan computer lab; six digital cameras were taken from Paly the weekend of July 23 and, in two separate incidents at Duveneck, computer and other digital equipment was taken July 8 or 9, and again July 25. The combined loss at Duveneck was estimated at $29,000, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is encouraged to call police at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org, and anonymous voice and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.

Related story:

Equipment stolen from classrooms at Paly, Gunn

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Posted by Oatmeal for Brains
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Oatmeal - at best - for brains.


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Posted by Anne
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Do these kids have any connection to PAUSD? It is sad to see two young people who don't think about the impact the the theft will have on students just like them.


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Posted by good job PAPD
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Glad to hear that the PAPD had the motivation and evidence to track down these thieves.


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Posted by Rich
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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Posted by Empiricist
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on Aug 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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Posted by reposado
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on Aug 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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Posted by Paly Alum
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2011 at 1:16 am

Paly Alum is a registered user.

@Anne: you think these burglars have the selflessness to think of the impact of their crime on students?

Good job, PAPD.

Time to lock up computers in undisclosed closets.


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Posted by casey
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

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@Anne. Yes, the kids were 2010 and 2011 Paly grads

Palo Alto High School 2010 Graduates
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Palo Alto High School 2011 Graduates
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Posted by Paly Alum
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on Aug 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 7, 2011 at 4:50 am

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There are programs available that sit in the background but that signal another computer whenever they go on line, assisting recovery of the computer. Every computer in PAUSD should have this program.


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