One man is in custody after a dispensary burglary in Richmond that led police on a chase into Berkeley early Friday morning.
Neighbors reported being woken by barking dogs, loudspeaker announcements and the sound of a helicopter overhead. They asked The Berkeley Scanner to find out what had happened.
"Our dogs are going nuts," said a neighbor in the 2800 block of Eighth Street. "All this woke us all up."
The incident began around 4 a.m. when a group of people, who were armed and used multiple vehicles, burglarized a dispensary in Richmond, police said.
The burglars then took off in a single car and fled from Richmond police, ultimately ending up in West Berkeley in the area of Eighth and Grayson streets.
As many as five people, all of whom were believed to be armed, then jumped out of the car and fled in different directions. There was a report of at least one semi-automatic weapon among them.
Richmond and Berkeley police conducted a block search on Eighth Street south of Grayson and ultimately took a man into custody with the aid of Richmond's police K-9 around 5 a.m.
The man was not bitten, police said.
As the incident unfolded, a CHP helicopter overhead that was aiding in the search noticed a silver car linked to the dispensary burglary that was circling the area, police said.
Richmond police pursued the vehicle — one community member said the chase reached speeds of 100 mph — but lost it on San Pablo Avenue when it crossed into Oakland.
The Berkeley Scanner has asked Richmond police for more information and will update this story if any other details become available.