Residents defend their home against intruders

August 04, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A man who is legally blind, his girlfriend and his son were not injured Friday morning after being awakened during a home invasion-style burglary in a Berkeley County mobile home park, West Virginia State Police said.

Two males kicked in the front door of the home off Regiment Lane in the Rocky Glen Mobile Home Park just before the county's emergency dispatch center received a call for help at 7:25 a.m., State Police Trooper J.D. Schuessler said.

Once inside, one of the suspects confronted the boy in his bedroom and held a gun to the back of his head before the boy's father intervened and pushed the suspect toward the door, Schuessler said.

His son then retrieved pepper spray and used it to get the burglars out of the house, she said.

"They're OK - just shook up," Schuessler said.

The suspects took a laptop computer, an iPod and a cell phone from the home before the victims were able to call 911, Schuessler said. The suspects apparently still were in the home when the call was placed, she said.


A third suspect, the driver of a getaway vehicle, also might have been involved, and Schuessler said the incident was similar to a home invasion on Tuesday that was investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

A second incident on Tuesday that was investigated by West Virginia State Police was determined to be a burglary, but still related to the home invasion at 15 Champion Court in the Spur Cap subdivision investigated by the sheriff's department, police have said.

Anyone with information concerning the crimes may call the criminal investigations division of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000, West Virginia State Police at 304-267-0001 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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