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Man charged with Woodside School break-in pleads not guilty

 

A 45-year-old transient from San Francisco has pleaded not guilty to several charges after allegedly stealing a truck in Millbrae and then

breaking into Woodside Elementary School last week, San Mateo County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Justin Huff was arrested Friday after San Mateo County sheriff's deputies had responded around 6 a.m. to an alarm at the school on Woodside Road, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The deputies found that someone had smashed a window of the school's computer lab and left laptop computers and a projector stacked up

outside in the hallway, prosecutors said.

In the back parking lot of the school, investigators found a stolen 2018 Chevrolet truck with property linked to Huff, including medications and a San Francisco County jail wristband with his name, on a seat. The truck had been stolen from Broadway Bistro in Millbrae, prosecutors said.

Deputies found Huff about a mile away with a computer and two iPads reportedly stolen from the school. They also determined that he had broken the window at a restaurant on Woodside Road, according to the DA's Office.

Huff was arrested and charged with vehicle theft, grand theft, burglary, providing a false identity to an officer, and vandalism. He pleaded not guilty to all charges on Monday, prosecutors said.

The county Private Defender Program was appointed to represent Huff, who remains in custody on a no-bail probation violation hold since he was on felony probation for a grand theft earlier this year. He is set to return to court on July 12 for a preliminary hearing, prosecutors said.

— Bay City News Service

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