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As reported in my local Daily Hampshire Gazette:
Police on the hunt for 2 armed robbery suspects
By JAMES F. LOWE Staff Writer
[ Originally published on: Friday, February 15, 2008 ]
NORTHAMPTON - Police are looking for two suspects believed to have committed an armed robbery at a Westhampton Road home Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, two men, one carrying a handgun, entered a home about 1:15 p.m. where the only person home was a 15-year-old girl. The man with the gun reportedly held the girl at bay while the other man took two telephones and a small safe containing jewelry and papers, police said. The suspects fled in a small white car, police said. The girl was not injured.
Shortly before the robbery, police said, the two suspects had arrived at the home and introduced themselves as real estate agents. The girl allowed the men to use the bathroom and they left, only to return a few minutes later, police said.
The girl who answered the door for the men was home because school had been canceled due to the weather, police said. Other family members were not at home.
"That's probably what they were trying to determine on their first visit to use the bathroom," said Capt. Kenneth A. Patenaude.
Patenaude and Detective Lt. Kenneth J. Watson said investigators are exploring the possibility that the robbery is the same scenario that transpired in December in Granby, and may be a case of suspects of Cambodian descent targeting victims of the same heritage.
"This follows very closely the M.O. of a robbery in Granby," Patenaude said.
In that incident, reported Dec. 12, two men allegedly forced their way into an Amherst Road home, held a woman there at gunpoint and forced her to turn over cash and jewelry.
The suspects tied up the victim with an electrical cord before leaving with about $500 in cash and an undisclosed amount of jewelry, Granby Police Chief Louis Barry said at the time.
Barry said the suspects were Asian males who first identified themselves as real estate agents. They were also driving a white car, Barry said.
Northampton Police described the suspects in Wednesday's incident as Asian males in their 30s or 40s of medium build, about 5-foot-8 in height. One of the men had a moustache and wore a leather jacket, police said.
The Northampton Police Department's composite sketch artist, Detective Sgt. Anne M. McMahon on Tuesday worked with the girl to create a drawing of one of the suspects, the man who allegedly held her at gunpoint.
Patenaude said the sketch will be circulated within the department and among other local law enforcement agencies. If that doesn't help investigators identify the suspect, he said, then the department may release the drawing publicly through the media.
James F. Lowe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The story can be found at; http://www.dailyhampshiregazette.com...fm?id_no=80792
Lesson learned: Parents have got to train up there kids to not open doors to strangers, be they home alone or with a house full of people it doesn't matter. Strangers are _strangers_.
And for those who might say how am I supposed to know if the person knocking is a stranger? You look through the peep hole or though an adjacent window or simply yell at the door; "WHO IS IT?!". If they respond as strangers then you don't open the door and talk to them through the door. If they refuse to respond then you get away from the door, do not look out the windows to 'see' stuff, and you dial 911.
Wow, scary situation. Hopefully the girl learned a tough lesson about letting strangers in the house, especially when she is the only one home. Glad she wasn't hurt.
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