Willard Middle School, at 2425 Stuart St. in Berkeley, was on temporary lockdown on Thursday March 27. Photo: Boguslawa Lewandowska

Willard Middle School in Berkeley was on temporary lockdown this afternoon due to a police search in the area.

At 1 p.m., Berkeley Police received a call about a suspicious person on a property in the 2700 block of Regent Street, police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said.

She continued: “The initial call was suspicious persons, who appeared to be prowling or casing a residence. An officer arrived in the area and observed an attempted burglary into a residence. The officer attempted to detain them and they fled on foot.

“Officers established a perimeter and conducted a yard to yard search.

“The subjects were eventually located and detained. BPD has four male juveniles and one female juvenile in custody. ”

The Police Department was in contact with Willard staff keeping staff updated regarding the police activity in the area. The block perimeter was released at approximately 1:55 p.m., according to Coats.

The Willard school community received a robocall from the school’s principal, Debbie Dean, before 2:30 p.m., alerting them to the situation.

This story was updated as new information became available.

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