PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A father and his teenage daughter were tied up by two armed robbers as their house was ransacked—and investigators say it may not be the first time the gunmen struck.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest on the investigation.
Police have now released surveillance pictures of people that could be connected to the crime.
On March 4, investigators say two men knocked on the door of a home on Hatton Road, asked the homeowner for some water and then pushed their way inside.
“One of them displayed a weapon and forced the victim and his teenage daughter into the living room, where they were tied up,” said Baltimore County Police Cpl. John Wachter.
They made off with jewelry, cash and electronics—and it may not have been their first hit.
Just 30 minutes earlier, two gunmen in masks robbed a man getting out of his car on Leafydale Terrace. They forced their way inside his home but were scared off by people inside. Police are trying to determine if the same suspects are responsible.
“I was very terrified, to be honest,” said Jennifer Taylor. “Just two years before, my house was broken into in broad daylight.”
Leaders with neighborhood watch group Shomrim say there’s been an alarming number of break-ins.
“We really haven’t had crime like this in many, many years,” said Ronald Rosenbluth.
Calls to the watch group have quadrupled over the past two months and this latest crime has the community on alert.
“This was a father and daughter that were held at gunpoint, tied up in their home. This is a serious crime and these people need to be caught,” said Nathan Willner.
Now they’re hoping surveillance photos lead to an arrest.
Investigators won’t say where those new surveillance pictures were taken.
Police are urging people in the Pikesville area not to answer the door for someone they don’t know and to report all suspicious activity.
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