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Computer heist estimated at $31,000 at Hillview

 

Another school-based computer theft, this time 30 laptops valued at $31,000 at Hillview Middle School, occurred Friday, Nov. 25, a Menlo Park Police Department spokeswoman said. Officers converged on the school at the intersection of Elder and Santa Cruz avenues after a burglar alarm went off at 4:34 a.m., police said.

Other such multiple-computer thefts this year include 31 computers in June from Portola Valley elementary and middle schools, 10 in July from the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, and several in August from Encinal Elementary School in Atherton, according to crime reports.

In the Hillview incident, the thief used a pry bar to forcibly enter a locked computer lab, police said. Police searched the grounds with the assistance of a police dog from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, but found no suspects.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by Stan
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Nov 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

With pretty good laptops available in the $250 range someone either vastly overspent for these computers or bought them s5 - 6 years ago and must believe they are still worth more than $1000 each.
Also, one wonders how long it took the MP police to get to the scene? One or two people don't just go loping off with 30 laptops without leaving lots of broken pieces behind.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm Is there more to this story than we're being told?


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Posted by Hillview parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Nov 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I believe these are the shared laptops that live on a cart so they can be easily transported from classroom to classroom...and just as easily removed from the campus. No getaway vehicle needed!

I agree that the "value" of $1000 is probably not what the computers are actually worth, especially if they are Macs!


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