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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and anonymous voice and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.