San Ramon's Target Greatland store was closed for awhile yesterday while police from that city searched inside for teens wanted in connection with a carjacking yesterday in Tracy.
A phone call from a suspicious San Ramon resident led to the arrest of three teens, according to Lt. Dan Pratt of the San Ramon Police Department.
Pratt said the resident saw two young men knocking on doors and ringing doorbells in an apparent attempt to locate empty homes.
When police arrived on the scene, they saw one teen on a cell phone, possibly talking to an accomplice. As those teens fled, other officers stopped a suspicious vehicle, which turned out to be stolen, and the driver of that car was arrested. Officers suspected the two teens had been talking to the driver.
The two running teens were spotted on I-680, where they were picked up by a passing truck, which exited onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Police found the truck in the Target parking lot. The young men were found hiding inside the Target store and taken into custody.
San Ramon Lt. Dan Pratt said the suspects were all juveniles - two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old - and their names are being withheld because of their ages.
"They were wanted in a carjacking that occurred in Tracy," Pratt said, adding that two of the three had escaped from a juvenile justice facility in San Joaquin County.
Pratt said the driver of the truck didn't know the two teens, but voluntarily gave them a ride.
The two were initially reported in the Westside Drive area, and Pratt wants people to be alert.
"This is becoming a common method of identifying homes to burglarize. If nobody answers the door, the suspects may force entry into the house," he said.
Pratt wants people to stay alert for suspicious people in their neighborhoods, adding that in this case, it led to three arrests.