A Stockton, CA, home invasion in November 2012 targeted an elderly couple’s coin collection. Criminals who know what they’re looking for are no stranger to Home Invasion News. We’ve seen it so many times, in so many ways.
Describing Earl Lytle and his wife as a “tough, strong couple,” newscasters at FOX40 TV, noted that the couple came face to face with three gunman who burst into the Lytle’s home, breaking the door, wielding pepper spray, and yelling, “Get on the floor, we’re gonna kill you right here.”
It was late, Earl was sleeping. “They knew what they wanted … Everybody knows I collect coins,” Lytle said, “But I don’t have anything of major value here. They got away with $500 worth of coin, all common, but worth ‘absolutely nothing,’” he said.
At one point, when Lytle’s wife called 911, one intruder grabbed the phone from her and pushed down the receiver. She reported that she picked the phone up again and redialed 911. The police found no sign of bullets, though the intruders brandished guns and fired two shots, which Lytle says “must have been from a ‘starter gun.’”
The intruders wore masks, white t-shirts, and gloves, precluding the police finding fingerprints.
In general, what are home invaders looking for? In the vast majority of cases, one or more of the following five items are reported to have been the target of home invasion theft :
2. Drugs (both prescription and illegal)
3. Credit cards
Bottomline? If you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it. Hide it.