Reading, writing, breaking and entering -- two local schools discovered an unfortunate addition to their curriculum during the past week.
Hillview Middle School on Elder Avenue suffered the loss of 26 iPads, worth $16,000 total, on Sept. 9 after someone crawled through an unlocked classroom window, according to Menlo Park police, who got the call around 8 a.m. that day. The unidentified thief remains at large.
Five days later, an alarm summoned Atherton police to Laurel Elementary School on Edge Road at 3:30 a.m., where they found two suspects with enough ingenuity to drape clothing over the jagged edges of a broken library window to avoid cutting themselves as they burgled, but without enough creativity to avoid arrest.
Atherton police said the presence of a police canine encouraged a rapid surrender. A 16-year-old boy and Jaime Maldonado, 20, of Menlo Park, earned detention at the county jail.