In­trud­ers tie up man, rob his Fair Hill home

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Pearce Creek-area res­i­dents pick up bot­tles of wa­ter fol­low­ing Satur­day’s meet­ing with fed­eral, state and lo­cal health of­fi­cials.

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