Tacoma police say the four teenagers arrested Wednesday in University Place may be connected to the home invasion robbery of an 84-year-old woman in Tacoma earlier that day.
Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said items taken from the woman were found with one of the four men who are now in custody. He said Tacoma investigators are working with University Place police.
The woman was held hostage by four masked men – two of whom were armed with handguns – who ransacked her home for two hours and then stole her car. She was “shook up” but not injured, police said.
The home invasion occurred about 3 a.m. in the 8800 block of 27th Street West on the border with University Place, Fulghum said.
Fulghum said the four teens also are being investigated for a burglary at an apartment next door to the woman’s at about the same time. That person’s car also was stolen.
Police found both cars parked next to each other about a mile or two away from the complex.
The four teenagers – one 16 years old, two 17 and one 18 – are being investigated for 30 robberies and burglaries in the area since September. A Pierce County Sheriff spokesman said Thursday that more arrests could be made.