LINCOLN PARK — A woman watching TV in her living room was confronted by two men who had walked into her home, pointed a gun and ordered her into the basement while they stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics and valuables.
Police were called about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16 by a woman in the 3100 block of Howard. She said she lived with a roommate who had just left for work, and about 7:15 a.m. the front door opened and she saw two people enter the home. One was a black or Hispanic male, about 6 feet tall who wore a painter’s mask covering much of his face. She couldn’t tell if the second person — wearing a dark ski mask — was a man or woman.
The man pointed a black handgun at the woman and asked, “Where’s the camera? Is the alarm on?” The second person went to a back room where a computer was located.
The man asked for her cell phone and she told him she didn’t know where it was, although it was in the pocket of her sweatshirt. The man told her to take the dog and wait in the basement.
While in the basement the woman called her roommate and the police while listening to the two intruders walk around upstairs. After about five minutes the man walked halfway down the basement stairs and pointed the gun at the woman. She sat still and he went up the stairs and the two intruders left the house.
Police and the woman’s roommate arrived soon. The man told police he had locked the front door but did not secure the dead-bolt. Police found no signs of forced entry.
Investigators noted the ransacked rooms and noted a list of stolen items, which included a Mamiya Pro camera valued at $800. Police are investigating.
— James Mitchell