Man arrested for attempted burglary at Woodside Elementary

Sheriff's deputies said man also stole van, tried to break into a store

A 45-year-old man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to burglarize Woodside Elementary School, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the school at 3159 Woodside Road after an alarm was activated. When they arrived, they saw a smashed classroom window and several laptop computers on a bench outside the classroom. They also reportedly located a van in the rear parking lot of the school.

Deputies determined that the van had been stolen out of Millbrae. Inside it, they found a backpack with information on the suspect. They put out an alert with his description and, several hours later, learned that he had tried to break into the Woodside Little Store.

A resident saw the man and reported his location. Deputies then took him into custody and charged him with suspicion of commercial burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and evading arrest, deputies said.

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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