Four men were arrested early Sunday on suspicion that they invaded two homes in El Dorado County and robbed people at gunpoint hours earlier, official said.
An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department news release said the men wore masks and hooded sweatshirts as they broke into the homes. Victims reported wallets, cellphones and jewelry were stolen, the news release said.
The same group may have robbed a third home where no residents were present and attempted unsuccessfully to enter yet another house, said Sgt. Tasha Thompson, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department. She said she was not sure why they failed to enter that home.
The two robberies where homeowners were present occurred within a span of about 40 minutes shortly after midnight.
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Once officers located the suspects’ vehicle, they found various masks, gloves, firearms and backpacks.
Brandon Waters, 20; Ezekiel Caesar, 19; Derrick Fields, 19, and Walter McGee, 20, were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and booked into the El Dorado County Jail before 4 a.m., Thompson said.
McGee’s bail was set at $200,000, and the rest had bail set at $400,000, according to the El Dorado County Jail website.
The sheriff’s office urges anyone with information to contact Detective J. Robertson at 530-642-4722.