CONYERS - A group of thieves robbed a home while the family slept in their bedrooms early Tuesday morning.
The 27-year-old male victim told police he awoke to a "loud bang" after one of the unknown suspects kicked opened the door to his bedroom. His 24-year-old girlfriend and their 4-year-old daughter were asleep in their bedrooms.
Conyers Police (CPD) responded to the residence around 3 a.m.
"He advised he immediately shut the door and went to look for his gun thinking someone was in the house," CPD Officer Stephen Blanchette wrote in his report. "He stated it took approximately 45 seconds for him to locate his Taurus TCP .380 handgun and then look out his bedroom window."
The male victim told police he saw about five individuals get out of a silver passenger car and a white or silver pick-up truck when he looked out the window. The vehicles were parked in his driveway.
One suspect fired off a single shot as he walked around the truck, the male victim told police. The victim returned a single shot with his weapon. Once he did, all the suspects got back into their vehicles and left the scene, according to the report.
Police found a "Bersa .380" caliber handgun in the bushes of the residence by the front door. The suspects have yet to be caught.
According to the report, the front door to the residence was also kicked in. There were pry marks on the door frame and a screwdriver, which more than likely caused the marks, in the entry way.
"There were clothing items on the floor in the living room. Upstairs every door had been open," Blanchette wrote in the report.
Only one room, which belonged to the male victim's 24-year-old brother who is currently working out town, had been rummaged through, according to the report.
"When I looked through (the 24-year-old's) bedroom it appeared several pairs of shoes and multiple items of clothing had been taken. Jewelry was also missing," according to the report.
The investigation is ongoing.
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