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TV, car stolen in home invasion

January 05, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man forced his way into an apartment on Swartz Street Saturday night and displayed a handgun during a home invasion incident over money, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

The resident in the apartment at 104 Swartz St. said the incident began when a woman knocked on his door, said police, who responded at 11:32 p.m.

The victim opened the door and a man displaying a handgun forced his way in, police said in a news release.

The resident was ordered to the living room and placed facedown on the floor, police said.

Another man entered the apartment off East Burke Street, and the subjects rummaged through the apartment, "asking where the money was," police said.

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When the resident said he did not have any money, the subjects stole the victim's television set and car, police said.

Police later recovered the car, although the release did not say where it was found.

The woman involved in the incident is being described as 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 120 to 130 pounds.

The male assailants are described as black, in their 30s and weighing about 170 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact city police at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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