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Home invasion victims refuse to help police

Investigation closed

Posted: July 18, 2014 - 8:15am

An investigation into an Appling home invasion was terminated Thursday after the victim refused to cooperate with authorities.

A married couple told deputies they were robbed by two men who held them at gunpoint in their home early Tuesday.

The couple, both 27, said they were sleeping at about 3 a.m. when two men forced open the front door of their White Oak Campground Road home. The men brandished handguns. Both were wearing gloves and one man wore a mask.

The couple said the men ordered them out of bed at gunpoint and onto the floor, where they used duct tape to tie the couple’s feet together and their hands behind their backs. The intruders asked where items of value were and stole $30,000 in cash, a Ruger .380 pistol and some marijuana.

The intruders asked where the couple kept the DVR to their home security surveillance system and stole that too. They tried to break into the man’s gun safe, but were unable to.

They asked the couple to count to 30 as they left in the man’s 2005 Nissan Altima headed south toward White Oak Road.

Deputies found the car abandoned on Greenbrier Drive off White Oak Road.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday that the investigation was closed because the victim refused to cooperate.

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