Officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to a report of a home invasion Sunday, January 24 at approximately 9:40 p.m. The alleged crime took place earlier at a residence on the 8100 block of Sagamore Way in Pasadena.
Investigators learned a white male, a white female and a black male, who were armed with handguns, forced a door open to gain entry into the residence.
The suspects had the victims lay on the floor inside the residence. They took cash, cellular phones and marijuana before fleeing the area. The victims were not injured during the break-in.
Officer Valeria Morales, with the AACPD, said home invasions weren't not a common crime in the county, but the department did respond to them from time to time.
"We have come across other ones," she said. "It's not something that frequently happens."
She said most break-ins happen typically when people aren't home. She indicated there haven't other home invasions occurring recently in the area, and don't have indications that this crime may be duplicated.
"We do believe this to be a targeted incident," Morales said.
"You don't always see people break into a house just to steal a phone or money. There's a lot more repercussion for that type of crime, because your dealing with people inside the residence, and the possibility of people getting injured."
The offense can also carry a stiffer penalty than other robbery-related crimes. Morales said, a home invasion is categorized as breaking and entering into a residence with the intent to commit a crime of violence--a felony with the possibility penalty of 25 years in prison.
The victims were not injured during the incident. Eastern District Detectives ask anyone with information to call 410-222-6145 or the Tip Line at 410-222-4700.