Intruders tie up man, rob his Fair Hill home
— Detectives are looking for leads after three masked men broke into a home over the weekend, tied up the 70-year-old man who lives there, pistol-whipped him and then robbed the place, according to Maryland State Police.
The home invasion-style robbery occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1800 block of Appleton Road, north of Elkton, police said. After the trio forced their
way into the home, police added, one of the invaders woke up the man.
“When he woke up, a male subject was pointing a handgun at him. He then noticed two other men standing behind him (the gunman). They demanded money. They tied him up, hit him with the handgun and then ransacked the place,” outlined Lt. Jim DeCourcey, commander of MSP’s Northern Region Criminal Enforcement Unit.
The intruders stole several guns, numerous pieces of jewelry and an undisclosed sum of money, including jars containing loose coins, police said. The armed robbers also took the man’s minivan keys before stealing his silver 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, which investigators believe that the trio, or part of the trio, used as a getaway vehicle, police added.
As of Tuesday, the stolen van had not been located, according to DeCourcey.
The victim, who was able to break free after his assailants had fled from the ransacked residence, called for help about 4:15 a.m. — almost two hours after the gunman had rousted him from slumber, police reported.
“I’m not going to elaborate on what they used to tie the victim or how they tied him, because that is something that only the suspects and the victim knows,” DeCourcey said, explaining that he didn’t want to compromise the investigation.
The man, who suffered minor injuries during the incident, received medical treatment at the scene, according to police.
As of Tuesday, investigators still were trying to determine if the home invasion-style robbery was a random act or if the threesome had targeted the residence, which is north of Jackson Hall Road and south of Telegraph Road (Route 273), DeCourcey reported.
Anyone with information that might help investigators is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587. Based on the results of the information given, tipsters are eligible to receive a reward up to $2,000.
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