ERIE, Colo. -- Police are investigating a home invasion robbery with a terrifying twist. Three suspects - who are still on the loose - broke into a home, kidnapped two victims and forced them to go to an ATM.
Police confirm to the FOX31 Problem Solvers that the masked intruders stole several items then kidnapped the couple, forcing them to withdrawal the maximum amount of cash from the in a nearby town.
Erie Police say three masked men went around the Erie Highlands subdivision, south of Erie Parkway and west of Weld County Road 5. Police say the suspects were popping off screens while looking for any unlocked window or door to get in, all while the homeowners were sleeping.
“It’s very welcoming, very safe neighborhood,” resident Ginger Bowler said. But early Sunday morning, that sense of security was ripped away.
Bowler woke up to see police officers on her street. Investigators say a group of men attempted to break into four homes along Painted Horse Way. The homes back up to a walking trail.
“All of us have smart-homes with Ring doorbells that you can see even when a car drives down the street. But nobody’s Ring doorbell is facing this trail. They were smart about it. They’ve obviously scoped it out,” Bowler said.
At the fifth house, police say the criminals slipped in through an unlocked ground-level window.
“They got in and they had guns and full masks and gloves and everything,” Bowler said.
Thankfully the suspects let the couple go and they were not injured. But this brazen home-invasion leaves neighbors on edge.
“It’s pretty terrifying. Kind of makes you rethink everything,” neighbor, Michael Bosco said.
Erie Police now have a marked officer standing guard for the victims, as for the Bowler family and others, they now plan to add an extra layer of protection.
“There will probably be a lot more guns here after this incident,” Bowler said.
Erie Police are also ramping up patrols in the neighborhood. The suspects have not been identified and the robbery remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 303-441-4444.