SAN LEANDRO -- A patrol car's license-plate reader helped San Leandro police capture three men suspected of ¿stealing a vehicle during a carjacking in Stockton, police said.

The arrests were three of four made over the weekend by San Leandro police in cases involving stolen cars, police Lt. Randall Brandt said.

The three men suspected of being involved in the carjacking were arrested Friday around 10:40 p.m., when a vehicle passed a patrol car in the 14100 block of East 14th Street, Brandt said. The license-plate reading technology alerted officers that the vehicle was stolen, Brandt said. The officers tried to pull over the car, but the driver accelerated and led police on a pursuit into Oakland, during which one of the three suspects threw a loaded gun out the window, Brandt said.

The vehicle eventually stopped on 101st Avenue in Oakland, after which the three men tried unsuccessfully to run from police, Brandt said. All three were arrested after a brief chase and taken into custody, Brandt said.

Police did not identify any of the suspects, nor did they say what the pending charges against them might be.

Stockton police are still investigating whether the men arrested were tied to a home invasion burglary in that city on Sept. 30, Officer Joseph Silva, the department spokesman, said. In that incident, four men entered the unlocked home of a 76-year-old woman in the 2900 block of Ocean Mist Court around 4:30 p.m., tied her up and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Silva said.


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Witnesses saw the suspects leave in the vehicle that San Leandro police tried to pull over on Saturday night, Silva said. Details about the carjacking were not available immediately.

On Sunday around 10 p.m., police in San Leandro tried to stop another vehicle on Clarke Street only to see the driver run away after he stopped the car. Police ran him down after a brief chase and arrested him on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle after a records check showed the vehicle was stolen out of Oakland on July 31, Brandt said.

Police identified the suspect as 59-year-old Oakland resident Kenneth Leon. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail where he was being held in lieu of $55,000 bail. Leon was scheduled to be arraigned later Tuesday.

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