NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A Newton County neighborhood is on alert after investigators said two men ‘randomly’ picked a house to rob. The homeowner said the armed robbers pistol-whipped his nephew then rifled through the house, stealing electronics, lawn equipment, credit cards and more then hauled it away in his truck.
“I don’t it was nobody that knew me or I know,” the victim, who didn’t want his name used, told FOX 5 News.
The homeowner described the two men’s criminal actions as investigators did, a random crime of opportunity. His home surveillance system recorded them as they disabled the system then, off camera, kicked in his backdoor. He wasn’t home but his nephew came to the living room to investigate when awakened by the racket.
“And that’s when he ran into a pistol in his face. He said they hit him on the side of the head with the pistol and then put the bag over his head.” said the victim.
He said after covering his nephew’s head with a trash bag the robbers forced his nephew to the floor, covering him with a throw rug, so he wouldn’t get a good look at them.
Afterward, he said the crooks stole computers, credit cards, personal documents, even lawn equipment from his home on Wilshire Walk.
The victim, who said he’s a disabled veteran, said they hauled the loot away in his 2005 silver Chevy Silverado truck.
“They used my truck to haul my equipment off with,” said the victim.
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 5 News the two men were recorded at an Ellenwood Shell gas station using the victim’s credit cards after the March 30 robbery
Investigators believe they may be driving a gray sedan which was also recorded on surveillance video.
Neighbors of the victim, many who have video surveillance, are on alert especially since the break-ins are being called random.
“They can strike anywhere. I hope they are caught,” said Rose Warren. “Yes if they are caught I’m happy.”
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact their office or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $2,000 reward.