Home invasion robberies may be related, police say

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Two home invasion robberies were reported within about an hour of each other Sunday night, and police believe they could be related.

Gainesville Police had a report of a robbery at around 9:20 p.m. Sunday in the 4100 block of NE 17th Terrace. Sgt. Martin Krpan said the victims told police three armed men dressed in dark clothing and black ski masks entered the home asking, "Where is it?"

Krpan said police believe the robbers were looking for drugs. He said the robbers duct-taped the male victim, and three children who were home at the time were directed into a bedroom. The robbers reportedly left without taking anything.

Another robbery was reported to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office a little more than an hour later in the 1000 block of SW 75th Way in the Woodlands subdivision, according to Sgt. Steve Maynard with the Sheriff's Office.

In the second robbery, the victims reported two men wearing black ski masks entered through the home's back door and forced the victims to lie on the living room floor while they ransacked the house. One of the robbers was armed with a handgun, and they stole more than $2,000 worth of cash and jewelry. During the robbery, the suspects did not wake two children sleeping in the home, according to reports.

No arrests have been made, according to police.

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