Thieves break into Palo Verde school, steal keys

Burglary discovered Sunday morning

Thieves broke into Palo Verde Elementary School and stole several classroom keys and possibly two computers Sunday (Aug. 21), Palo Alto police said.

The burglar or burglars entered the building after prying off plywood covering a vent or going through an open window between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Several offices and the teachers' lounge were rifled through, Lt. Sandra Brown said.

A teacher who came to the school discovered a classroom closet had been unlocked and keys from at least eight classrooms were taken. Some of the keys were later recovered on the premises, Brown said. Two computers were also missing but Brown said it was possible the computers were borrowed by a Palo Verde teacher.

The burglary is the latest in a series of break-ins at Palo Alto schools, which have included Gunn High School, Jordan Middle School and Duveneck Elementary School.

Sue Dremann


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Posted by MD
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

From reading the articles about the recent school break-ins, it appears our schools are not equipped with alarms. It would be a significant up-fron expense, but recent events suggest it would soon pay for itself.

Even just putting in alarms based on internal motion sensors, and perhaps adding a few security cameras, could have a strong effect.

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