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3 gunmen sought in Hempfield home invasion

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| Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:01 a.m

A Hempfield couple was watching the Steelers game Monday night when three masked men, all brandishing handguns, burst through their front door “demanding drugs, money, guns and jewelry,” state police said.

“Fortunately, no one was injured. But we’d like anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to call us,” said Trooper Steve Limani, public information officer for the Greensburg barracks.

The home invasion occurred in a mobile home along Old Harmony Road in West Hempfield shortly after 9 p.m., Trooper John Beynon said.

“The couple was just sitting on their couch watching the football game when they first noticed hearing a sort of rustling sound on the front porch of their mobile home. They went out to look, saw nothing and went back in and started watching the game again,” Limani said.

“The next thing they know, these three guys break through their front door with guns, demanding drugs, money, guns and jewelry,” he said.

Beynon said the intruders were wearing ski masks and dark clothing.

Limani said the first one interrogated the couple, who are in their 40s, about the location of their valuables.

“They were told by the victims they really didn’t have anything they were looking for. … So he went back into the other rooms and began ransacking them. Then, a second suspect went back and also began ransacking the home while the third man held the victims on the couch with his handgun,” Limani said.

Limani said the men fled out a back door “with just a small handful of jewelry trinkets.”

The trio then drove away in a dark-colored car.

“This was very scary for this couple. … We’re talking about a completely innocent couple here watching a football game and this happens,” Limani said. “This appeared to be a coordinated-type of thing.”

Limani said the couple discovered afterward that the trio cut through a screen on the front porch to gain access to the front door.

According to dispatch reports, two of the men were about 6 feet tall with thin builds, and the third was about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing blue tennis shoes with red stripes.

Investigators are checking with other police departments to determine whether they have had similar incidents, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 724-832-3288.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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