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Suspects in Martinsburg-area home invasion sought

November 10, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two men forced their way into a Martinsburg-area home Saturday night and tied up the owner while they searched her house for valuables, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

One of the men initially knocked on the woman's door in the 500 block of Cemetery Road at about 11:45 p.m. and asked to use her phone because his car had broken down, deputies said. The two men then forced their way into her house and held her at gunpoint, deputies said. Eventually, they tied her up with a utility cord, searched the house, and left with jewelry and money, deputies said.

The homeowner was not injured during the robbery, deputies said.

One of the suspects was described as a white man about 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 190 pounds, with light brown hair, deputies said. He was wearing an orange and blue leather jacket, jeans and a ball cap.

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The other suspect was described as a black man about 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds, with short hair, deputies said. He was wearing a purple windbreaker, black slacks and a knit cap, police said.

The homeowner said she thought they left in a Cadillac passenger car with a West Virginia registration, deputies said. Deputies and Martinsburg City Police units checked the surrounding areas, but did not locate the suspects, deputies said.

Anyone with information may contact Sgt. B.F. Hall at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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