Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 2, 2013

Robbery motive of home invasion

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A woman and her granddaughter were not injured when two masked and armed gunmen burst into their rural home and forced the women to open a safe and turn over contents, according to the Cumberland County  Sheriff's Department.

The only description of the two assailants is that they were men and were wearing ski masks and gloves, according to Deputy Ryan Ashburn's report.

The victim — a 40-year-old woman — told investigators she was in her bedroom shortly before 10 p.m. on April 21 when she heard noises coming from the back door. The woman added that she did not think much about it at the moment, but seconds later her bedroom door was kicked in by the two men, one of which was armed with a handgun.

They ordered the woman and her granddaughter to open a safe, which the victim did out of fear of harm to herself and the child.

One of the men then went to the safe and removed a .9 mm handgun valued at $200, $25 in cash, about $3,000 worth of jewelry and medication.

It is not known how the two men fled the area.

Investigation is continuing, but deputies admit they have little to go on at this time.