S.F. preschool’s second burglary leaves director, parentsuneasy 

A Sunset district preschool was broken into for the second time in three years Tuesday, prompting concern from the school director and parents.

Sunset Nursery School, which serves 68 children, was shut down Tuesday as director Laura Ossa had two windows repaired and the school safe checked for damage after the burglar tried to open it unsuccessfully. Ossa was alerted about the condition of the school early Wednesday morning by a parent.

"This is very unpleasant, basically we canceled school to clean up — we didn’t want the kids to see broken windows or the mess," Ossa said, adding that papers and paper towels were strewn about, the bathroom faucet was left on and there was a puddle of urine on the floor when she first entered.

"They tried to open the safe with a screwdriver, but couldn’t," Ossa said.

The second burglary in 25 years of overseeing the school, Ossa said the last one occurred in the summer of 2003. Nothing significant was stolen in either incident, she said.

Buffy Maguire, a parent of a child that attends the school, said she believes transients around the Great Highway and the school’s area might have been responsible for the incident.

"It looks like the break-in is part of the larger problem of a transient population that is increasing, and not getting enough enforcement," Maguire said.

Ossa plans to bring in a safety expert to prepare a strategy that will prevent further break-ins, she said.


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