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Hercules police arrested four people on suspicion of attempted burglary on Tuesday after they were spotted looking into residents’ yards, police said. Officers responded to the 100 block of South Wildwood around 12:25 p.m. after receiving a report of four suspicious males who appeared to be casing the neighborhood, according to police. When they arrived, they detained one of the suspects as he was walking away from the area.
The other three suspects fled. Officers set up a perimeter to prevent them from escaping, and Pinole police assisted in the search, along with an East Bay Regional Parks police helicopter. The trio was found hiding in some bushes behind a home nearby in the 200 block of Scotts Valley, police said. Police said there was evidence that the suspects had attempted to force their way into a residence near where the neighbor had first spotted them.
Two of the four suspects are adults, and police identified them as 20-year-old Dameesii Rutherford, of San Pablo, and 19-year-old Fairfield resident Kwame Miles. They were arrested on suspicion of attempted residential burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said. They were booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.
The other two suspects are 17- and 16-year-old boys from Hercules. They were arrested on suspicion of attempted residential burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, and were booked into Juvenile Hall in Martinez. Police said Rutherford and the 17-year-old boy had been arrested about a month ago in connection with the theft of a dirt bike that had been stolen from a home in Pinole the day after Christmas.
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