OAKLAND -- Blocking a driveway with a Mercedes has led to the arrest and charging of two men in a series of home invasion robberies and a carjacking, authorities said Monday.

The suspects, Brandon Bell, 19, and Jesse Zeigler, 18, both of Oakland, were arrested June 23 in the 2100 block of East 25th Street after someone complained that Bell's blue 2000 Mercedes was blocking a driveway, police said.

The car matched one used in the robberies, and inside police found guns, items stolen from some of the victims and plastic masks worn by the suspects, investigators said. Bell was arrested inside the car and Zeigler outside, along with two 17-year-old boys. The boys have not been charged with any robberies yet but are being prosecuted on gun charges, police said.

Both Bell and Zeigler have admitted their involvement in the robberies, saying they needed money, Officer Steve Bang said. Police are trying to tie them to other, similar robberies.

Bell and Zeigler are each charged with 11 counts of home invasion robbery, carjacking and first degree burglary. Some of the counts include enhancement clauses that the victims were older than 65 or younger than 14. Bell is also charged with one count of carrying a loaded firearm in public. Both are being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail.

Cases the men are charged in include:

  • A June 21 home-invasion robbery, burglary and carjacking of a couple in their early 60s who were confronted outside their home on Crestmont Drive in the Oakland hills and forced inside, police said. The robbers, one of whom had a gun, stole electronics, cash and keys to the couple's 2006 Mercedes, which they drove away after the robbery, police said.

  • A June 17 home-invasion robbery and burglary in the 2300 block of East 24th Street where a 14-year-old boy and his 21-year-old brother were robbed of their cellphones, and their 56-year-old mother was robbed of her cellphone and purse.

  • A June 15 home invasion and burglary in the 2700 block of 25th Avenue. Robbers broke into a home and confronted a 74-year-old man and his 11-year-old granddaughter. The man was shoved to the floor and the girl dragged from her bedroom to the kitchen before the suspects fled with watches and the man's wallet, police said.

    Bang said that after the men were arrested, they told police the Mercedes stolen in the June 21 robbery was parked in the 1900 block of Sixth Avenue. It was recovered and returned to the owners.