GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH)– Police say a couple was about to got to sleep when three men in masks threatened them with a crowbar, tied them up, and robbed them.
“[I’m] quite surprised because this is a great neighborhood, very quiet,” said Hector Ruiz.
“This is unpleasant, if not terrifying,” said Andrew Collins, who lives a few doors down. “Plus we have kids; most everyone in the neighborhood has kids.”
Greenwich police say after 10 p.m., a middle-aged couple went to bed and heard rummaging downstairs. The husband went to look and that’s when he was confronted by three men in ski masks with crowbars.
“Apparently there’s no guns, which is nice, but they did tie the folks up and that’s not nice,” said Collins.
Police say once the robbers got inside they tied the couple up, got into their safe, and got away with thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry.
“It just so happens that this particular person may have had some wealth, but not all of us around here do,” said Ruiz. “What will they do if they don’t find anything?”
“It was very quiet, it was very quick, and it was very thorough,” said Greenwich Police Lt. Kraig Gray.
He said the couple was tied loosely and was able to free themselves after the suspects left. They were not hurt.
Detectives have some leads, but they have not identified suspects. The three suspects are described as black males wearing partial ski masks and dark clothing, athletic build, average height, and believed to be somewhere in their late 20’s or early 30’s.
“The investigators believe that this was not a random act,” said Lt. Gray. “They just didn’t pick this location out of a hat.”
“A home invasion robbery of this type is fortunately very rare in Greenwich,” said Captain Mark Kordick, Commander of the Detective Division. “The violation of the sanctity of someone’s home is a significant crime and one which our department takes extremely seriously. This will be a priority investigation for the division. ”
Police say they think the men came through an unlocked back door and the couple did not have their security system on.
“Maybe there’s a false sense of safety when you live in such a great neighborhood,” said Ruiz.
Anyone with any information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the Greenwich Police Department Investigative Tipline at (203) 622-3333 or 1(800) 372-1176, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.