LANCASTER – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding three thieves who stormed a Lancaster home Tuesday afternoon, confronted at least one of the residents and stole some property.
The home invasion robbery happened around 1:30 p.m. at a house on the 1000 block of West Avenue J-8 (about a block from Sunnydale Elementary School).
A female victim in her late 30s found the robbers in her home, Rust said.
“She said she walked into the kitchen and there was a male standing in the kitchen who ordered her to the ground,” Rust said.
He said the victim ran out the back door instead and called 9-1-1.
“Deputies were on the scene within less than a minute,” Rust said. “Preliminary information is that we have three suspects, a male White, a male Hispanic and a female Hispanic.”
No further descriptions of the suspects were immediately available Rust said.
Several officers were deployed Tuesday afternoon, and the neighborhood, between10th and 12th Street West, from Avenue J-8 to J-9, was contained as deputies searched for the robbers.
“We have teams of deputies that are going in all the back yards and searching for the suspects,” Rust said.
The victim was shaken up but was not injured during the home invasion.
“The initial information that I got was that she was the only one [home], but we’re hearing from other neighbors that there may have been two other people inside the house with her,” he said.
Rust said there was some property taken from the home, but did not immediately know which items were taken. He was unable to confirm whether or not a weapon was used during the robbery, and he did not know how the suspects gained entry.
“As you know we’ve had an increase in burglaries and an increase in property crimes in general,” Rust said. “We’re just asking everybody to please keep their doors and windows secured, especially now when it’s getting hot. People have a tendency to open the doors and let the wind blow in, but that’s just a bad idea.”
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact Lancaster Station detectives at 661-948-8466. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.