Antioch

Police seek pair in theft of surveillance camera

Police are looking for two men who they say stole a surveillance camera at the Antioch marina in December.

The suspects are accused of stealing the camera about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 29, according to police. Investigators have released photos of the men, hoping someone recognizes them.

Anyone able to identify either man or provide information on the case is asked to call Detective Eric McManus at 925-779-6940. Tips can also be sent anonymously by texting CRIMES (274637) with the keyword ANTIOCH.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Livermore

House fire causes $175,000 in damage

A single-alarm fire caused an estimated $175,000 in damage to a home Saturday, a Fire Department official said.

The fire inside the two-story home in the 1600 block of Alvarado Court broke out at 11:13 a.m., said Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel. The blaze started in an attached in-law addition to the home and spread to the house, he said.

The in-law addition was destroyed, and two bedrooms in the home were damaged, Neiman-Kimel said.

The fire was extinguished at 11:57 a.m. It appears a faulty light socket was the cause, he said.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

El Cerrito

Police arrest three men in attempted burglary

EL CERRITO -- Three Oakland residents were arrested after they attempted to break into a woman's home for the second time recently, police said.

About 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, a resident in the 6700 block of Schmidt Lane called police to report that three males were attempting to burglarize her residence.

The same men, she said, rang her doorbell a week before and, when she did not answer, went to her backyard and tried to enter her home through a rear door.

When officers arrived Wednesday, they found the three men still at the home and arrested them for attempted residential burglary.

One of the men was wanted on an outstanding warrant for residential burglary after he was identified as a suspect in a 2012 burglary of another home in El Cerrito.

The suspects were identified as Patrick Phanh, 23, Jamy Xaysana, 25, and Kao Saelee, 19.

All three were booked into County Jail in Martinez.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Richmond

Woman fends off attacker at Wildcat Canyon

A female hiker fought off a man who attacked her in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park on Friday, park police said.

The woman told East Bay Regional Park District police she was hiking on a trail near Alvarado Park when a man grabbed her from behind. He tried to pull her into a wooded area, but the woman fought back, screamed and was able to break free, police said.

She called police about 6 p.m. A search for the man, which included a California Highway Patrol helicopter, was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the park police at 510-881-1833.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Berkeley

One arrested, one escapes after chase

One person was arrested and another escaped capture after a short chase Friday on eastbound Interstate 580, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The chase began about 7 p.m. when a driver failed to stop at a stop sign near Golf Links Road. Officers tried to pull the car over, but the driver fled, the CHP said.

The driver and a male passenger continued from eastbound I-580 to Highway 24, eventually leaving the highway and driving into Berkeley.

The driver stopped the car in South Berkeley and attempted to escape on foot along with the passenger.

CHP officers arrived and detained the driver, who was arrested on a weapons violation.

The passenger was able to escape, the CHP said.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff