Three men disguised as construction workers were arrested Monday morning after allegedly trying to burglarize homes, El Cerrito police said. They were found wearing reflective vests, gloves, construction helmets and large screwdrivers, police said. A Kensington resident called police at 9:50 a.m. Monday to report suspicious people who attempted to burglarize a home, police said. El Cerrito police received a detailed description of the suspects and a vehicle that was located on Leneve Place in El Cerrito, bordering Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Officers from the El Cerrito and Kensington police departments detained three suspects as they attempted to flee in a gold 1999 Volvo Coupe. Residents on Leneve Place and Moeser Lane in El Cerrito had called police and said the suspects knocked on their doors, police said. When the resident on Moeser Lane opened their door, the suspects asked for directions and left, police said.
It is common for thieves to knock on a door and commit the burglary if no one answers. If someone does answer, the burglars often make an excuse and leave quickly, according to police. The three suspects were a 21-year-old Berkeley man, a 23-year-old resident of Oakland and a 19-year-old Richmond resident, police said. The three men were booked into Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of attempted residential burglary, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools, according to police.
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