Home Invasion-Phony Delivery-Texas
Police caution West Enders of string of home invasion robberies
By BLAIR DEDRICK ORTMANN
November, 5, 2008
A rash of home-robbery cases on Beaumont's West End the past month has police warning residents there to beware.
In all four cases, a small white car, possibly a four-door with dark-tinted windows, was seen, according to a release from the Beaumont Police Department.
The suspects in the cases are two or three males armed with handguns, police said.
The first incident occurred Oct. 14 about 5:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Sunflower, they said.
Two black men in blue-and-white pinstripe uniforms with short pants were looking for an address to deliver a package. The address was not a good address, according to the person who reported the incident.
The men decided to leave and got into a newer-model white Maxima with dark-tinted windows and left.
In a second incident Oct. 17, a man was left tied up after a man talked him into opening the door to check for a package that supposedly was a mixed-up delivery.
The incident happened about 4:20 p.m. in the 7500 block of Shadow Creek.
The victim was a 61-year-old man who pulled into his driveway to find saw a small white car sitting there. As he got out, he was approached by a man described as 5-foot-8 with short hair. He was wearing a brown collared shirt and a black hat. The man said there was a package mix-up at the house.
The victim said he didn't know about any package but that he would check. When he opened the door, the man and two other men wearing ski masks rushed him. He described them as 20 to 25 years old, one about 6 feet tall and the other about 5-foot-8. The first man was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun.
The victim was tied up and robbed, with the men taking cash, a cell phone, camera and jewelry.
The third incident occurred Oct. 18 at 11:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of South Major Drive.
Someone knocked on the door of a 34-year-old man. When he opened the door, two men in plain red T-shirts and ski masks rushed in armed with blue steel revolvers.
The two men, described as 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, beat the victim unconscious, police said. They took the victim's wallet, which had cash inside.
On Tuesday about 10:45 a.m. a female in her 40s was attacked at her home in the 4600 block of Elmhurst, police said.
The victim was getting her mail when she was rushed by two men who had been hiding in the bushes. One of them put a gun to her head and forced her back into house, where they robbed her of cash and jewelry.
She described one man as 5-foot-9 and wearing a blue shirt, jeans and a brown ski mask. The other was described 5-foot-6 inches and wearing jeans, a black T-shirt and a ski mask. The man wearing the black T-shirt had the gun.
The men left in a small white car with tinted windows.