Armed robbers remain on the loose

Friday, August 5, 2011

Two masked men armed with a pistol forced their way into a Titan Way home Friday night when they robbed the residents and escaped into the night with jewelry, keys, wallets and a purse.

Lewisburg Police arrived shortly after the 9:20 p.m. crime and a search of the area was conducted. Several items were collected as evidence. The description and location of the evidence recovered has not been made public.

The two home invaders were armed with a single chrome-plated or stainless steel handgun, according to Police Detective Sgt. David Henley who issued a press release Wednesday morning.

The residents, a man and a woman, were alone that Friday night. They heard a knock on the front door. The woman opened that door and the suspects forced their way into the residence.

Once inside, the two suspects, described as thin-built white males wearing black and white masks, forced the victims to the floor and demanded $2,500 in cash and a laptop computer.

When the victims could not produce money or a computer, the suspects took the victims' wallets, keys, and a purse.

The suspects also entered a bedroom where they removed and took a drawer containing jewelry.

The incident only lasted a few minutes and the suspects left the residence without injuring the victims.

City Police Officers Amanda Newcomb and Sgt. Chris Sawyers responded to the scene at approximately 9:30 p.m. Henley, Detectives Scott Braden and James Johnson responded a short time later to investigate.

Since the initial incident occurred detectives have continued to investigate and are actively following leads as they develop.

"At this point in the investigation," Henley said, "detectives do not believe this was a random act and they believe the victim's were specifically targeted for robbery."

Lewisburg Police appreciate the public's support and asks that anyone with information relating to this, or any, crime please call Crime Stoppers at 359-4867 or the Lewisburg Police Criminal Investigations Division at 359-3800.