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Homeowner Recounts Invasion: 'Just Get Out Of My House'

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- UPDATE: (3am Tuesday, Jan. 21) The Greene County Sheriff's Department says they have several "persons of interest" in custody in connection with two home invasion robberies early Monday.
"Does your mother know what you're doing? Would she be very ashamed of you if she knew you robbed, vandalized people?" - Sandra Stephen, home invasion victim
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- UPDATE: (3am Tuesday, Jan. 21)   The Greene County Sheriff's Department says they have several "persons of interest" in custody in connection with two home invasion robberies early Monday.


Sandra Stephen hopes someone can help identify the two men who invaded her South Clifton Avenue home and fled with her bank card overnight.

It was one of two home invasions in the area that happened in the early hours of Monday morning.

"I just came out and yelled just get out of my house, and they scurried like a couple of roaches," Stephen said.

Stephen walked into her kitchen to find two men in dark clothes rifling through a box of prescriptions.

"But we don't have any fun drugs, just stuff to keep you alive," Clifton said. "After that, I just kind of fell apart."

Her husband heard some commotion from the bedroom, but the robbers fled with the couple's debit card before he made his way out.

"He thought I had fallen, he didn't know anything was going on, and my wonder dog was sound asleep with him," Stephen said.

Deputies said the thieves used that bank card at a nearby gas station. Surveillance photos show the men believed to be behind the break-in.

"We worked hard for what little savings we had. So what little we've got I'd like to keep, so I just hope they can't raid it," Stephen said.

Stephen said she's not perplexed by their motive, she's wondering something else.
 
"Does your mother know what you're doing? Would she be very ashamed of you if she knew you robbed, vandalized people?" she said.

Neighbors were unnerved, especially since another overnight intrusion just blocks away may have been carried out by the same thieves.

"It's scary, especially since as long as I've lived here, there's never been activity like that and you think you're safe.  It changes your perspective," Chelsey Blackson said.

"I'll be more vigilant. If they do cross our path, one of us will get hurt, and it ain't going to be me," Stephen said.

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark-colored Ford Explorer with no license plates.

Deputies said late Monday that they were working to find out whether another home invasion on South Cottage Street, just blocks away from Clifton Avenue.

Sheriff Jim Arnott released a statement asking residents to keep doors, specifically garage doors, closed and that keys and remote controls that open them should be stored inside.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Detective Sgt. James at 417-829-6288 or call the Greene County Sheriff’s tip line at 417-828-6230.



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