LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Detectives are working to track down a person who broke into a Liberty Township house Monday morning while the people living there were home.
It was a terrifying morning for the couple who lives in the home on Royal Arms Drive.
When they called 911 around 3:30 a.m., the husband told dispatchers he and his wife were beaten up by a man who somehow got inside.
911 caller: “He threatened myself and he wanted me to get out of bed, and grabbed me and started choking me. Threatened me and my wife.”
Police said the man forced his way in through a window while the couple was sleeping.
“Subject entered the home, robbed the couple and then exited the premises,” Sgt. Michael Janovick said.
The couple described him as a heavyset man wearing a scarf. The homeowners did not see any weapons on him but said he did have a lighter.
Investigators said the man got away with cash and other items.
911 caller: “I gave him whatever money I had in my wallet, which would have been a couple hundred dollars. He wanted to know where our safe was and we don’t have a safe in the house.”
Police brought in a K9 from Austintown in an attempt to track down a scent.
A few people who live in the neighborhood told us what happened there Monday is unusual and frightening.
Police said they will be increasing patrols in the neighborhood.
They are warning other homeowners to be careful as they continue working to identify and track down the person responsible.
“Lock your doors, set your alarms. We find a lot of people that have alarms don’t always use them. Set your alarms, especially before you go to bed or when you’re going to lock your cars,” Janovick said.
Officers are also asking people who live in the area to give them a call if they see something out of the ordinary.
“If you see somebody who doesn’t belong, call us,” Janovick said. “Most people have lived in these neighborhoods. They have a pretty good idea of who belongs and who doesn’t.”
Police are calling the break-in a home invasion.