EL CERRITO -- A resident called police after seeing three men kicking in a neighbor's front door Thursday morning, leading to a brief lockdown at Madera Elementary School while police located the suspects.
Police arrested Anthony Branch, 20, of Pinole; Keyon Wilson Jr., 20, of Vacaville; and Tyree Williams-Gomez, 18, of Richmond on suspicion of burglarizing a home in the area of Brewster and Devonshire drives, about half a mile from the school.
Lt. Paul Keith said they could also be responsible for another Thursday burglary in El Cerrito or nearby.
After the three left the house, they saw police and took off in a car, parking the vehicle at the school and running across a field to a residential neighborhood.
Officers locked down Madera Elementary School at 8500 Madera Drive about 10:30 a.m. while they searched nearby yards for the men.
The first suspect was found hiding in a backyard at 10:39 a.m. and the other two were located by a police dog in a backyard at 10:54 a.m. The lockdown was lifted about 11 a.m.
Kensington police, an East Bay Regional Park District officer and a police dog from San Pablo assisted El Cerrito police with the search. No one was injured.