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Police investigating Portola Valley school burglaries

Published on 7/23/2011

Police are looking for the burglar or burglars who stole $18,000 worth of Apple computers from a school in Portola Valley.

Deputies were called to Woodside Priory School at 302 Portola Road on Friday morning after an employee discovered 10 desktop computers had been taken, said San Mateo County Sheriff's Sgt. Linda Gibbons. It appeared the thief or thieves got in through a window.

Because school is out for the summer, the burglary wasn't discovered for several days.

Gibbons said it happened sometime between Wednesday and Friday. Students will return to school Aug. 17, according to the school website.

Investigators are looking into whether this break-in is connected with a burglary in another Portola Valley school.

On June 29 or 30, someone stole 21 laptop computers from Corte Madera School at 4575 Alpine Road, said Gibbons. The value of the stolen equipment was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office anonymous witness line at 800-547-2700.