Lt. Mike Vieira of the Tracy Police Department said a neighborhood resident called at about 11:30 a.m. to report people carrying rifles in front of Freiler School, 2421 W. Lowell Ave.
Police called the school, according to Vieira, and advised the campus be closed and students locked in their classrooms as a precaution while officers searched Lowell Avenue.
A home burglary on Alexis Lane was reported at about the same time the males were seen walking on Lowell Avenue, Vieira said.
The lieutenant said the group ran away when they noticed the caller and another area resident following them west on Lowell Avenue, throwing several items into a waist-high shrub in front of a sound wall along the south side of the street.
Officers caught one of the minors on Lowell Avenue a short distance from the school.
Another minor was spotted on Bridle Creek Circle and ran from officers. He was arrested after he and jumped a fence into a dirt field bordered by Henley Parkway and the Chesapeake Bay apartment complex.
Police set up a perimeter in neighborhoods to the west of Freiler School to search for the last two minors, who were caught at Oxford and Chartwell lanes.
Officers roped off about a three-block long section of the Lowell Avenue sound wall as they searched for items thought to be dumped by the alleged burglars.
Crime scene technicians and officers recovered several items allegedly stolen from a home on Alexis Lane, including a pump-action shotgun from the shrubs across the street from Freiler School.
Vieira said small personal electronics and jewelry were also recovered along the sound wall.
Vieira said police received at least two other reports of home burglaries in the general area at about the same time as the arrests, but did not know if they were related to the burglary on Alexis Lane or the arrests.
Vieira said they have recovered all the firearms that were taken.
The lockdown was lifted from Freiler School shortly after noon.
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