The arrests stem from an initial report of a resident chasing someone from their home on the 800 block of Wake Forest Drive around 4 a.m. before he sped away in a Toyota Camry, police said.
Officers located and pulled over the vehicle nearby on Emily Drive and found the driver, a 21-year-old man, was in possession of a handgun reported stolen out of a Central Valley city, a catalytic converter and several burglary tools. The catalytic converter belonged to a car at the home on Wake Forest Drive, police said.
Later that morning, another officer found that the same Toyota Camry was associated with suspicious activity at the nearby Ramada Inn, police said in the statement. Officers found several people going in and out of two hotel rooms, one of whom was allegedly seen trying to conceal items.
Officers searched one of the rooms and found methamphetamine, meth pipes, counterfeit money, burglary tools and phones.
The man driving the Camry, a Merced resident, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle; carrying a stolen, loaded firearm; receiving stolen property; and attempted grand theft.
The three men found in the hotel, ages 26, 35, and 35, all Merced residents, were arrested on suspicion of forgery and counterfeiting, possession of burglary tools, attempted grand theft and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Mugshots and names of the suspects are available on the city's website, mountainview.gov/news.
Phone scammers pose as cops
A Mountain View employee reported two phone scams last week in which people fraudulently claiming to be law enforcement officials demanded money, according to police.
The man, a Redwood City resident, told police Monday, Aug. 19, that he received two calls at work in Mountain View, one claiming to be from the FBI and another claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. He told police that the callers had his personal information including his work address and phone number, Nelson said.
The callers requested that the man wire money from his bank account to an overseas bank account, Nelson said. At least one of the two callers accused the man of committing unspecified illegal acts.
The man did not send any money, and later met with officers in the police department lobby to report the suspected scams on Thursday, Aug. 15.
The phone calls are similar to a handful of reported scams received by the Mountain View Police Department earlier this year. In a statement released in March, the department said residents were receiving calls from people claiming to be connected to the government or local authorities and demanding that the victims pay money or face consequences, including imprisonment.
Along with asking for money, suspected scammers have also asked for victims to "verify" their Social Security numbers.
Law enforcement officials do not ask for money or personal information over the phone, according to the statement, and residents are encouraged not to pick up the phone when called by an unknown number. Anyone who receives a scam call may report the incident to the Mountain View Police Department or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
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