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Thursday, July 17 2014, 07:35 PM EDT
Neighbors React to Catoosa County Home Invasion
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Two thieves posing as delivery men hold a couple at gunpoint, then ransack their home after getting inside. Deputies say those two suspects are still on the run.

"Be more careful, be more cautious of your neighbors or if anyone come up to the door that you've never seen before," said Amanda Johnson.

That's the lesson Amanda Johnson says she's learned after a reported home invasion at her neighbor's house on Grant Drive on Tuesday.

Deputies say the homeowner opened the door to find a man asking her to sign for a package.  She signed for it. But, as the man sat the package down, he raised up his pistol.

A second suspect then showed up, holding a gun. The two men reportedly tied up the homeowner and her husband ransacked their home, taking about 500 dollars in cash from the husband's wallet.

"I never knew that something like this could really technically happen and we have packages delivered to our house all the time," said Johnson.

Deputies believe the same two men are likely responsible for a burglary at a home on May Street the day before. The thieves reportedly made off with several firearms at this home.

"They would be facing charges of burglary for the May Street burglary for the Grant Drive it could be burglary, home invasion and aggravated Assault," said Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk.

Deputies and neighbors are urging everyone to take precautions before opening their doors for anyone.

"If you don't see a uniform and if you don't see an official, truck or marking, do not answer the door, call the cops," said Johnson.

"It's pretty scary. You think it'd be okay to open the door for somebody nowadays you just have to be, I've told my grandchildren not to open the door for anyone," said Ringgold resident Tresa Goff.

Sheriff Gary Sisk says they have increased patrols in that area. Any information you have, you're asked to call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies believe the suspects are from the Tennessee Valley area. They were last seen in a dark-gray, four-door vehicle.

By Jerry Askin
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Authorities in Catoosa County are on the hunt for two men Wednesday afternoon who they say robbed a homeowner at gunpoint on Tuesday.

Tuesday morning between 10 & 11 a.m. at a home on Grant Drive in Ringgold, a homeowner told police she heard the doorbell ring, and saw one of the suspects on her front porch, holding a package. The woman opened the door and signed for the package. The man set the package down, and then raised up holding a pistol. A second suspect then appeared, also holding a gun.

The two men then tied up the woman and her husband and then ransacked the home. In the process of tying the woman up, one of the crooks beat her on the arm and back. They made off with a little over $200 from the husband's wallet and several items from the home's closet.

Sheriff Gary Sisk says the suspects match a description in a burglary that happened back on Monday at a home on May Street in Rossville around noon. The homeowner says he came home to find his front door busted open. He says the crooks took three guns and four knives from his home.

Witnesses said the men were in a dark gray or charcoal-colored 4-door vehicle driving slowly down the street. The driver of the vehicle was wearing sunglasses with light colored or white frames.

The suspects are described as follows: The first black male appeared to be 5'8", having a slender build and dark complexion.  He was wearing a black ball cap, dark shirt and light weight jacket. His hair was very short or shaved and he did not have any facial hair.  The second black male appeared to be 6'2", having a slim build with light brown complexion.

 If you know anything about these two men, please call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department right away. Neighbors React to Catoosa County Home Invasion

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