On Thursday Feb. 7 at around 4:30 p.m. a burglary in progress was interrupted in the 1500 block of La Vereda Road in north Berkeley after an alert neighbor spotted something suspicious and flagged down a police car.

According to Berkeley Police Lt. Kevin Schofield, a police officer was alerted at 4:37 p.m. about a possible burglary. Multiple officers responded to a call-out. “Unfortunately the suspect got away,” Schofield said. The suspect had pried open a door and prowled around the home.

Several local residents contacted Berkeleyside to request information on the incident. One neighbor reported seeing an officer with a drawn gun which Schofield said is very common in incidents such as this one when police are trying to track down and apprehend a criminal.

Another neighbor told Berkeleyside his wife had witnessed “a large phalanx of police vehicles — maybe 8-10 — with officers spread out in the hills at Cedar and Loma Linda. No lights [were] flashing.”

La Vereda Road runs parallel to La Loma Avenue to the west of the Berkeley Lab campus.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...