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Updated at 5:50 p.m. July 22, 2015

Two more teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with a burglary during which a group of young thieves stole a cache of guns from a South Bay man’s home.

The suspects, ages 15 and 16, were taken into custody Wednesday morning and afternoon at Chula Vista residences, according to police. Their names and those of the three other boys expected to face charges in the case were withheld because they are minors.

The five teens allegedly took part in the home-invasion theft in the 1100 block of Osage Avenue in Chula Vista on Monday afternoon. The victim made an emergency call about 4 p.m. to report returning home to see a gray Volkswagen Jetta speeding off, then finding five guns missing from his residence.

Officers found three of the missing firearms in a neighbor’s yard, where the fleeing burglars apparently had dropped them in their haste to escape, according to police.

A short time later, another 911 caller reported a hit-and-run crash involving a dark-colored Jetta in the 400 block of nearby Nannette Street. The witness provided dispatchers with the license-plate number of the vehicle and described seeing the driver stop and pick up three teens who had been running through the neighborhood.

About an hour later, officers pulled over the Jetta at Third and Orange avenues and arrested the 16-year-old driver on suspicion of hit-and-run and burglary, police said.

The boy’s mother, a passenger in the car, was taken into custody after allegedly being found carrying marijuana and methamphetamine. She was identified as Roberta Castro, 52.

That evening and the following day, detectives arrested two 15-year-old boys on suspicion of taking part in the burglary.

The fifth suspect to be arrested was found with gun barrel believed to have been removed from a shotgun stolen during the burglary. The rest of the firearm was not located.

Investigators believe the teens are responsible for several other burglaries in Chula Vista as well, police said.

— City News Service

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