Two young teens, aged 13 and 14, were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing multiple vehicles in the Coddingtown area early Thursday morning, including one from which a loaded semi-automatic handgun was taken, police said.
The weapon was recovered from some bushes where it had been hidden. Police said one of the suspects was convinced "of the danger of having a firearm outstanding in public" and led them to it.
At least one suspect was still at large in the wake of the early morning investigation, which unfolded after a witness in the area of Range and Jennings avenues saw several young people breaking into a vehicle, police said. Officers responding around 2:15 a.m. saw three suspects running away, but caught up with two of them after a brief search and foot pursuit.
A handful of vehicles had been burglarized, and police were trying to track down owners when an additional victim called to report the theft of property from his vehicle on Edwards Avenue, near the Coddingtown parking lot. A loaded handgun was among the items taken, police said.
One of the suspects was persuaded to lead an officer to an apartment complex around the corner on Herbert Street, where the semi-automatic firearm was found stashed in some bushes.
The two teens were arrested on suspected possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, grand theft of a firearm and burglary, and were booked into Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, authorities said.
Police were still trying to identify at least one additional suspect, as well as any victims of which they weren't aware.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact investigating Officer Brandon Matthies at (707) 543-3600.
(You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 521-5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)