Massive Search Tracks Down ‘Possibly Armed’ Burglary Suspects in Cupertino

After an hours-long effort involving sheriff's deputies, police officers, SWAT teams and K-9 units, four suspects in custody

Four burglary suspects in Cupertino were in custody late Monday night after a massive search, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

After two of the suspects were detained about 3:45 p.m., sheriff's deputies, police officers, SWAT teams and K-9 units searched for hours for the remaining two suspects in the area of Bollinger Avenue and North Tantau Avenue, prompting a shelter in place, sheriff's officials said.

A large perimeter had been set up, with officers going "yard to yard" trying to track down the suspects. Neighbors said authorities issued a shelter-in-place order and warned residents to lock their doors.

About six hours after the initial call, about a dozen patrol cars were seen racing to a second location near Archbishop Mitty High School. The last two suspects were taken into custody by K-9 units at Forest Ridge and Forest View drives near the school in West San Jose a little before 10 p.m., officials said.

The high school was briefly placed on lockdown after the two suspects were seen running onto the campus.

All the activity and orders to lock doors had some in the neighborhood on edge.

"That's sort of scary, to be living right in the middle of what's going on so," San Jose resident Reinhart Goeyvaerts said. "I wonder what they were trying to do out here in the neighborhood; it's hard to say."

Deputies said the group is wanted in a number of burglaries in the area.

A sheriff's captain told NBC Bay Area the two suspects caught earlier, had a loaded gun in the car they allegedly stole. It was not clear if the other two suspects were armed.

NBC Bay Area's Ian Cull contributed to this report.

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