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brownpresser.JPGIn an incident predating the arrest of a suspected prowler at his Sacramento loft building over the weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown expressed frustration Tuesday with officials' handling of three men found lurking at his home in the Oakland hills in late 2011.

In a speech at a Crime Victims United rally at the Capitol, Brown said his wife, Anne Gust Brown, was home alone when "three gentlemen show up ... about 1 o'clock trying to break in." Brown said California Highway Patrol officers detained the men but let them go after consulting with Oakland police.

"They said they were looking ... to buy real estate in the neighborhood, and the Oakland police let them go, because the CHP deferred to them," said Brown, a former mayor of Oakland. "Well, that's not going to happen anymore."

In an email to The Bee, Oakland Police Sgt. Chris Bolton said three people in a vehicle were stopped at Brown's home on Nov. 30, 2011 and that one of suspects was issued a citation for possession of a hypodermic needle. Bolton described the circumstances of the vehicle's presence on the property as suspicious but did not elaborate.

Bolton said the three people were released from the scene following a preliminary investigation.

PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday.The Sacramento Bee/ David Siders



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