Three men and a juvenile were arrested in connection with three residential burglaries and an armed home invasion robbery which occurred in less than four hours in San Mateo and Alameda counties on Monday, police said.
Redwood City police responded to a report of two residential burglaries in Redwood Shores that occurred between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.
In the first burglary, the suspects broke a kitchen window to enter a residence in the 500 block of Avocet Drive where they ransacked the home for valuables, according to police.
In the second burglary, the burglars forced a rear window open into a home on the 500 block of Marlin Drive where they stole a handgun, jewelry and U.S. and foreign currency, police said.
At about 1:20 p.m., Fremont police responded to a residential burglary in the 5900 block of Via Lugano in the north end of the city.
The same suspects kicked the front door open after knocking and heard no one was home, according to police.
They fled the scene with multiple items including jewelry and electronics.
About 30 minutes later, the group then entered an apartment in the 38600 block of Paseo Padre Parkway where they entered to find a female resident inside with her two young children both under the age of 6, according to police.
For more than 10 minutes the children watched as one of the suspects held the female at gunpoint and the other three suspects ransacked the apartment, police said.
The suspects fled with jewelry, credit cards and electronics.
While Fremont police were responding to the robbery, a Fremont police patrol officer saw a suspicious vehicle travel south on Interstate 880 and requested additional units for assistance, according to police.
The officer initiated a vehicle stop on the suspicious car and detained all four suspects near state Highway 237 and Interstate 880, police said.
One of the suspects, later identified as 25-year-old James Miles of Oakland, was armed with a firearm in his waistband, police said.
Officers later learned Miles had a prior felony conviction and was not allowed to possess a firearm, according to police.
Officers located another firearm in the trunk of the car and recovered multiple items from the burglaries and robbery, police said.
A Redwood City police detective also responded following the vehicle stop and verified that the suspects were linked to the Redwood Shores burglaries earlier that day, according to police.
The other suspects were identified as 19-year-old Stanley Sherman and 18-year-old Anthony Sherman, both of Santa Clara. A 15-year-old Sunnyvale boy was also arrested but authorities did not him identify due to his age.
Police learned Anthony Sherman was released on bail for a separate residential burglary in Santa Clara County.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Redwood City police Detective Jessica Gray at (650) 780-7129 or Fremont police Detective Michael Gebhardt at (510) 790-6954.