HILLSBOROUGH -- West Hillsborough Elementary School went into lockdown Monday as authorities searched for a pair of burglars who were interrupted while breaking into two homes near the campus.

The 1:05 p.m. the lockdown order was lifted at 1:24 p.m. for the campus after police finished checking the area, said Hillsborough police Capt. Doug Davis. The burglars were not captured.

During the lockdown, teachers kept their students in their classrooms until the all-clear signal went out, said Hillsborough City School District Superintendent Anthony Ranii.

"In general people were calm and doing what they were supposed to do," Ranii said.

The trouble started around 12:20 p.m. when police got a 911 call reporting an attempted burglary at a home on Farm Lane and then about 20 minutes later a call came about a burglary happening on Denise Drive, just blocks away from the school.

In both cases, the homeowners discovered the burglar in the process of prying open a door with a metal tool.

Anyone with information about the crimes may call Hillsborough police at 650-375-7470.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.