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* Police arrested three minors who allegedly broke into an El Cerrito home

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Police arrested three minors who allegedly broke into an El Cerrito home Thursday morning, a police corporal said. Police received a report of an audible burglar alarm at a home in the 2600 block of Sonoma Avenue at 8:54 a.m. Thursday, El Cerrito police Cpl. Gilbert Tang said.

At the same time, an a nearby resident called police to report suspicious juveniles who appeared to be casing houses in the area of Charles and Ellerhorst avenues, police said. Arriving officers found the back door of the home on Sonoma Avenue had been kicked in, according to police. Meanwhile, a detective searching the area for possible suspects located one of the three suspects and detained him.

While questioning that suspect, the detective heard noises coming from a nearby home’s backyard. Officers converged on the yard and located the other two suspects, one of whom was carrying a gun, Tang said. Officers determined that the three juveniles were involved in the Sonoma Avenue burglary.Police said two of the suspects, both San Pablo residents, were arrested on suspcion of burglary, conspiracy and prowling. The third juvenile, from Richmond, was arrested on suspicion of the same crimes in addition to alleged gun possession. All were taken to Juvenile Hall in Martinez.

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