Four teenagers suspected in more than 30 robberies and burglaries in University Place were arrested Wednesday after one allegedly pulled a gun on a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy.
The confrontation followed a brief foot pursuit in the area of 40th Street West and 78th Avenue Court West, said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
“One of them pulled a gun on our deputies and cornered him but (he) eventually dropped the gun,” Troyer said.
Detectives had been out searching for the alleged burglars when they located two of them and gave chase. The remaining two were arrested hours later without incident.
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Stolen weapons and various items that have been linked to 30 armed robberies, home invasions and residential burglaries were found after deputies searched the teens’ houses.
“We’re not ruling out that there are others involved,” Troyer said. All four suspects, who are between the ages of 16 and 18, dropped out of Curtis High School, Troyer said.
Sheriff Paul Pastor praised the investigators, saying “Even with limited resources, our people do excellent work.”