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Tuesday in the East Bay: Arson causes damage to Christmas tree at Jack London Square, Warriors beat Magic and more

Refugio Garcia

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Police recover $2,000 in stolen merchandise after retail theft suspect arrested

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Walnut Creek police on Sunday apprehended a woman suspected of stealing merchandise during a massive retail theft after officers spotted her vehicle with missing license plates, East Bay Times reports.

Authorities recovered approximately $2,000 worth of stolen goods from from the woman's vehicle. The merchandise is believed to have been stolen during a smash-and-grab at a Nordstroms located at Broadway Plaza, involving 80 suspects.

The goods have since been returned to retailers. Investigators have not said if the woman was involved in the Nordstroms incident.

Police from Lafayette and deputies from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office have joined Walnut Creek police in patrolling the area.

Warriors crush Magic as Wiggins conjures career high in 3-pointers

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The Warriors bounced back Monday night beating the Magic 126-95 after a sluggish loss Saturday against San Antonio, East Bay Times reports.

With a record of 20-4, Golden State is now tied with Phoenix for first place in the west.

The Warriors capitalized on the Magic’s lagging defense, the fourth-worst in the league, with Andrew Wiggins taking advantage by sticking a career high of eight 3-pointers, breaking his previous personal best of seven 3-pointers against the Kings last January.

“Yeah, I’m in a groove,” Wiggins said. “I love my teammates. I love winning.”

Wiggins added a total of 28 points to the Warriors’ bottom line, going eight for 10 on threes, boosting his average to 42% up from 38% last season.

“The biggest thing I’m seeing from Andrew is that he’s just catching and shooting,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s always been a pretty good 3-point shooter, but maybe more a little bit off the dribble. And the thing is he’s gotten better with us when he’s open, he’s just catching and shooting.”

“I’m just getting my shots up,” Wiggins said. “On this team you play with someone like Steph and Draymond, they’re going to get you open shots and extra looks. In my career, this is the most open looks I’ve gotten.”

Steph Curry got the ball rolling for the Dubs Monday after scoring 19 points in the first half, going four for five beyond the arc. Curry finished up the night with a total of 31 points and now trails Ray Allen by 16 3-pointers to break his record of 2,973 career threes.

Overall, the Warriors shot 50% on Monday, a season high for the team while racking up 20 3-pointers – one 3-pointer short of their season high of 21 made against Oklahoma City in October.

Jordan Poole also served up a season-high of seven assists while contributing 12 points.

Monday’s win marks the Warriors nine-game win streak against the Magic and also marks the team’s best start to a season since 2016-17 when the Dubs kicked things off with 24 straight wins.

Oakland Police search for arson suspect in Xmas tree burning at Jack London Square

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Investigators are currently searching for the person responsible for setting fire to the Christmas tree at Jack London Square early Monday morning, East Bay Times reports.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on Water Street at 1:20 a.m. about 200 yards from the firehouse located near the foot of Broadway, Oakland Fire spokesman Michael Hunt said.

Firefighters responding to the scene found flames burning at the base of the tree. A preliminary investigation turned up surveillance footage of a person on a bicycle who tossed a canister at the tree’s base before riding off.

Organizers said they plan to proceed with the tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Thursday.

Authorities ask anyone with additional information about the incident to call Oakland Fire arson investigators at 510-238-4031.

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