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Authorities searching for five men involved in Cary home invasion

Posted June 16
Updated June 17

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— Police said they are searching for five men who forced their way into a Cary home early Thursday, held the homeowners at gunpoint and forced one person to go to a nearby ATM and withdraw cash.

The incident happened before 2 a.m. in the 400 block of Sandy Whispers Place, and electronics, jewelry, handbags and wallets were taken from the home, in addition to the undisclosed amount of cash taken from the ATM.

A woman who called 911 said the men were in the home for about two hours, wandering around inside to search for items to take. A man told a 911 dispatcher that the robbers had "really big guns."

The five robbers fled the area in a blue 2013 Ford Explorer, North Carolina license plate CLA-5098, that belongs to one of the victims, police said. Officials on Friday said they located what is believed to be the same SUV—it was found burning on Anacosta Road and Dakota Street in Durham.

A couple, their 4-year-old daughter and a family friend reported only minor injuries, police said.

"I think they handled it very well," Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said. "They stayed very calm, they listened to the instructions that the people gave them and luckily no one was hurt."

The five intruders were described as being between the ages of 18 and 35 and were of varying weights and heights. All of them wore masks, gloves and dark clothing.

Detectives said they believe the robbery was a crime of opportunity and that the victims weren't targeted.

Neighbor Tim Young called the robbery "unnerving."

"We've never encountered anything of this degree. It's certainly rattled all of our nerves," Young said. "It's known as a safe neighborhood, and we've never had any issues like this."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636.


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  • Hari Nootsak Jun 17, 1:29 p.m.
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    This crime is not fully random. A good chance these upstanding citizens from Durham had cased this far northwest Cary neighborhoods prior. Easy quick access off highway 55. Seeing as how the family is from India they had probably seen in yard, or through windows on a previous drive by, and made assumption about lack of fight they would get during a break in. It's takes less time to get from Alston Ave. Durham to this location than to downtown Cary.

  • Steven Gandy Jun 17, 10:57 a.m.
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    Why didn't the description even mention they were black???

  • Raleigh Rose Jun 17, 10:21 a.m.
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    For all we know, they homeowners could have had a gun. They may have had several guns. Unless you walk around your house with a gun strapped to you at all times (which would be really paranoid) then it's not likely this family would have had time to get to any type of weapon when these crooks kicked in the door. It was at best 2 vs. 5 and there was a child to think about. I would not risk my child in a gun fight unless their life was threatened. Looks like these low-lives were looking for a quick score and thankfully the family is okay.

  • Jim Halbert Jun 17, 10:03 a.m.
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    Hey look, John Rambo made it into the comments. You're right though, why submit to obeying the demands of the criminal to save your life and your family when you can just end the lives of the intruders in a 1 vs 5 firefight? That's responsible gun ownership right there.

  • Jim Halbert Jun 17, 9:55 a.m.
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    I'm sure by the time it's all said and done it will turn out that this crime could've been prevented with more guns.

  • Nathaniel Hopkins Jun 17, 9:51 a.m.
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    fyi, there is no mask. that is his face.

  • Chase Truman Jun 17, 9:50 a.m.
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    Or you wouldn't have had time to get to one, and they end up taking them. Then they get to use them to assault and murder as many people as they want. Sounds great!

  • Jim Hinnant Jun 17, 9:34 a.m.
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    How did this photo get by the editors at Capitol Broadcasting?

  • Kris Dawn Jun 17, 9:12 a.m.
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    Also how about we add that if you pull up to a ATM masked and the camera can not see your face you automatically get shot or the card taken. Is that too much? lol

  • Kris Dawn Jun 17, 9:08 a.m.
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    Lol right, his mask really covers nothing. His scars...stretch marks...pretty easy to identify if this dude always wears a tank top. Plus his dreads are sticking out..