SRVHS burglary may be linked to Walnut Creek thefts


A burglary at San Ramon Valley High School may be related to two similar burglaries at elementary schools in Walnut Creek, according to police. Over the Labor Day weekend, the three schools were forcibly entered and thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment was stolen.

School officials contacted the Danville Police Department on Tuesday, Sept. 6 to report a missing laptop and six iPad computers, said Sgt. Nate McCormack. Police estimate losses at $5,000 for the computers and other miscellaneous items.

An unknown suspect or suspects entered a special needs classroom which had no video surveillance. Detectives are still investigating how thieves entered the building.

That Tuesday, officials from Indian Valley and Valley Verde elementary schools in Walnut Creek reported break-ins and missing Mac mini computers. Alicia Williams, crime prevention coordinator with the Walnut Creek Police, said six iMacs were taken from Indian Valley Elementary and three were also taken from Valley Verde.

Although the report did not list values for the items, Williams was able to estimate the total loss for both schools.

"I know my (iMac) was $1,400…so you're looking at almost 10 grand," she said.

Officials found door handles that had been pried open, though neither elementary school had video surveillance. Because of the nature of the thefts, Williams said the burglaries in Danville and Walnut Creek are "more than likely related."

Still, all three cases have yet to be passed to detectives for further analysis.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

What kind of person steals from a school. I Hope these low lifes get caught and punished after all the donations and funds we raise to obtain such items in our schools. If I knew who did this to my alma mater I would call the police on them and watch their sorry selves get put through the court system and sent off to jail all for a desperate and selfish inconsiderate of others damaging act of crime.

I despise theives because they are the kind of people who think it's right to lie cheat and steal from others at the detriment to the good of society. I always keep in mind and praise the officers and detectives working hard in our community to solve cases such as these that needlessly occur.

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Posted by billr
a resident of Danville
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

I think it all comes from a tough economy. Things might get worse before they get better. Our region is at almost 12% unemployment rate plus add the people that have not been counted due to giving up.

We as a community have to stand up and report crimes and stay vigilant.

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Posted by Senior Dude
a resident of Danville
on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Am Ito assume they overrode the cameras and alarms or do they not exist?

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