VIDEO: 2 home invasions could be linked

Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:54 - Written by By Kenneth Dean, kdean@tylerpaper.com

Two home invasions in East Texas have authorities working together to determine if the two cases are related. 

The latest case happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in a north Gregg County home, where the occupants were tied up while thieves went through the home. 

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano is requesting assistance in information regarding in the case.

“Three armed males dressed in black suits and hoods entered a north Gregg County home and confronted the two occupants. The occupants were bound, and the suspects went through the house looking for valuables. After approximately 30 minutes, the residents were left unharmed and the suspects fled,” he said.

The night before in Leverette’s Chapel, in Rusk County, a woman was approached outside her home about 10:30 p.m. and forced inside by three masked men who were armed with a rifle and a handgun.

Sgt. David Roberts, of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, said the woman and her husband were bound, and she was led through the home as the burglars selected items to steal.

Roberts said the thieves left with money, jewelry and the husband’s work truck. The truck was recovered the next day. 

Roberts said Wednesday detectives from his agency were working with Gregg County officials to determine if the cases are related. 

“There are some things that seem to be similar,” he said. 

Anyone with information about this case are asked to contact Investigator David Falco at 903-236-8438 or Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP.