PIEDMONT -- One suspected house burglar was arrested while his accomplice eluded capture Tuesday morning, police said.

The search for the suspects led to an elementary school in the area having its staff and students in a precautionary lockdown.

The burglary was reported about 10:10 a.m. at a house on Cambridge Way, a residential area of multistory homes not far from Grand Avenue and the Oakland border.

Piedmont police Capt. Scott Wyatt said a resident called police after seeing two men she did not know in her backyard. Officers were dispatched, but before they arrived the woman told the dispatcher the men had broken into her home. The dispatcher told the resident to find a safe place to hide until police arrived.

When officers got there within a few minutes they found a door to the house open. It was later determined nothing had been taken from the house, Wyatt said.

Officers saw two men fleeing from a second-story window at the house and began chasing them.

One, identified as Diondre Stewart, 20, of Oakland, was arrested almost immediately. He was booked on suspicion of burglary. Police said he has a prior felony conviction for possession of stolen property.

A perimeter was set up on nearby streets with the help of Oakland police officers and search dogs from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and Emeryville police were brought in to assist.

Police received a report that the second suspect may have been seen at a yard in the 100 block of Greenbank Avenue, the next street over from Cambridge.


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But no suspect was found and the search was called off about noon. The man being sought is described as black, 18 to 21, between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 10 and between 155 and 165 pounds. He had short black hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and brown pants.

During the police activity, Beach Elementary School, 100 Lake Ave., was put on a precautionary lockdown.