Police: Back-to-back Delhi Township home invasions may be connected

Delhi Home Invasions (VIDEO)

DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Police are investigating back-to-back home invasions in Delhi Township that have many residents concerned.

The first happened Sunday night around 9:30 in the 5500 block Delhi Road. Police say four white men broke into a home.

A woman inside the home at the time, Amy Lane, says the entire ordeal was terrifying and traumatizing. She says she was relaxing at home with her family when they heard a knock on the door.

"They knocked on the door and then they bombarded through. I was terrified, my mom was screaming, I just heard they had guns and I was calling 911," Lane said. "I was in the bathroom and the bathroom door was locked so they couldn't get to me and I was able to call 911. After that they grabbed my boyfriend out of bed and put a gun to his head."

The men demanded the location of the family's safe but little did the men know, the family doesn't even own a safe, prompting the men to take off a short time later, according to Lane.

"My grandpa ended up punching one of the guys in the stomach as they were walking out the door so they threw my grandpa on the ground," Lane said.

Less than an hour later, the men struck again on the very same street.

Officials say while investigators were processing the initial scene and interviewing victims, another call came in on Delhi Road in the 4100 block. Once again, the caller reported that four male white subjects came into the home and demanded the location of a safe.

The second time around, the men ransacked the house, stealing shoes, jewelry and cash, all the while holding guns to the victims' heads, according Delhi Township Police.

"We do not believe that this is a random situation where they are going into random homes," said Lt. Joe Macaluso with the Delhi Township Police Department. "We don't believe it's random because during the second home invasion, they asked if an individual was there or not and when told that he was not, they continued to ransack the house so we believe that there will be a link that connects these individuals to these particular homes."

Lt. Macaluso said after the second home invasion, the four men got away in a dark colored car that was seen heading westbound on Delhi Road.

If you were traveling on Delhi Road between 9:30-10:30 Sunday night and saw something suspicious, you're asked to call police.

"We are looking into a strong possibility that the cases are connected. The descriptions of the individuals match from both locations and the time frame is very short, the location and distance between the two is very short so we believe that they probably are the same individuals who did this," Lt. Macaluso said.

Lane's family is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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