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Home invaders terrorize Citrus Park family, make off with cash, jewelry

Hillsborough County

CITRUS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – Just around 3 a.m. Thursday, four men wearing masks kicked in the front door of a home in the 10000 block of Tabor Drive and rushed in.

They quickly found the bedrooms of three adults and forced them up, binding their hands with zip ties. One of the men fired a shot through a wall of the home.

Victims say the thieves made off with $17,000 in jewelry and $10,000 in cash.

After the robbers fled, one of the victims managed to break through from the zip tie around his hands and ran out to his car, chasing the thieves for nearly an hour.

The man who gave chase ran out of his home without his cell phone and was not able to call 911.

Samuel Persaud lives next door and says the noise of the front door being kicked in was so loud it woke him up.

“I heard a bang this morning, I thought it was my house. I turned the lights on at my house and then I look through the curtain blind and I see a car zoom by, looked like a light color car, could be white or gray,” said Persaud.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, “One of the suspects is described as a male who is approximately 5’8″-5′ 10″ with an average build. He was last seen wearing a maroon Adidas hoodie, a mask, sweat pants and running shoes. The second suspect is described as a man with a potbelly, approximately 5’7″ to 5’10.” He was last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt with another long sleeve shirt covering his face, sweatpants and running shoes. The third male suspect is approximately 5’10”-6’0″ with a large build. He was last seen wearing a zip up hoodie with his face covered, sweat pants and white sneakers. The fourth suspect was not seen on video.”

Neighbors say the robbery has frightened them.

“It’s horrible to hear that again. I hope they will catch them, whoever done it and get punished,” said Tina Gudbranson. 

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