Middle school receives special delivery — a box of bullets

A middle school recently received a box of ammunition wrapped together with theater equipment, while two other primary schools in the city were burglarized, said police.

An unopened box of 20 rifle bullets came in the mail to the theater department at Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School, according to authorities.

Pollicita Principal Jay Spaulding said the box of bullets was mixed in with a package of theater costumes and equipment that the school ordered.

“It was a misdelivery,” he said. “I talked to the company where we purchased the theater costumes and it doesn’t even carry rifle bullets. Somebody must have put something by mistake. It is a mystery to us.”

The principal called the police as soon as he saw the box, but he said he was not concerned for security.

“It’s really no harm, no foul — they were brand-new in a closed box,” Spaulding said. “I gave it to the police to get it off my campus. I don’t hunt, so it wouldn’t be of any use to me.”

The police are also not sure how the box found its way to the school, but they disposed of the bullets through the police range.

“I think that’s kind of peculiar,” Daly City police Capt. Mike Edwards said. “I don’t think somebody thought it was a prop, so I’m not sure how that one happened.”

In unrelated incidents, two elementary schools — Panorama and Franklin D. Roosevelt — recently became the targets of commercial burglaries.

Police said someone broke into the garden shed of Panorama Elementary School, located at 25 Bellevue Ave., where children’s gardening tools were stored.

“There was nothing exciting in there — no adult-size lawn mowers or anything,” interim Principal Rose Caceres said. “I think it was just somebody who was playing around. I don’t think it will happen again.”

She said the school has not seen any burglaries for at least 10 years. However, school officials will soon be installing a camera to protect the school’s walls from graffiti artists.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary School lost a laptop, a camera and five binoculars to burglars who broke into three classrooms through the windows.

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