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UPDATE: Police Probe Double School Break-ins

Six computers were stolen from Indian Valley Elementary School; same night break-in at Valle Verde school.

Police are investigating a double break-in at two schools on Monday (Labor Day).

Walnut Creek Police Lt. Bryan Hill said Wednesday police have no leads at this time.

"While they may be related (based on time frame and the fact that they were both schools), there is no evidence to confirm that at this time," Hill wrote in an email.

Six new Apple computers were stolen from Indian Valley Elementary School on Marshall Drive by burglars who apparently used a massive crowbar to break locks, said Patricia Wool, superintendent of the Walnut Creek School District. The burglars were selective, not taking other older computers and cameras.

At Indian Valley, there was an apparent dry run with a break-in Aug. 29 in which nothing was stolen, said Wool, speaking at a WCSD governing board meeting Tuesday night.

On the same night, Valle Verde Elementary School on Peachwillow Lane was hit.

Authorities are asking residents to be observant of suspicious behavior in school neighborhoods, Wool said.

Mom of the Horde September 07, 2011 at 07:38 AM
What makes Indian Valley Elementary so appealing to thieves is it's isolated location. This isn't the first time that thieves have broken into classrooms there. I don't know why they don't have better security systems there. My kids go to Indian Valley, and when I picked my daughter up today, there were a lot of kids talking about it.
Mom of the Horde September 07, 2011 at 07:39 AM
Also, I have to ask, why was a stock photo of a CPD patrol car used for a story about a crime that took place in Walnut Creek? I saw the two police units that were investigating this crime, and I assure you that they weren't CPD units.
Deborah Burstyn September 07, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Disgusting. And with the jobs and economy this way, there may be more robberies to come. Too bad the schools can't afford private security guards during off hours.
Lance Howland (Editor) September 07, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Stock photo corrected. Thanks for being more alert in the reading, Mom of the Horde, than the editor was in the posting late last night.
Creek Diva September 07, 2011 at 05:11 PM
This really ticks me off. Murwood was broken into last year at this time. Stealing from kids, way to keep it classy jerks!
Mom of the Horde September 08, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Apparently people think it's fun to steal things from schools and vandalize school property.

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