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UPDATE: Third Home Invasion in One Week in Huntington

By: Lauren Schmoll; Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Lauren Schmoll; Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE 11/19/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Despite three home invasions during the past week, Huntington Police say citizens shouldn't fear for their safety. While it's important to be aware of your surroundings, investigators say the chance of a home invasion happening to you is slim to none.

"I'm not saying that everyone should be paranoid or so stressed out that they sit up at night worried about it constantly," Huntington Police Detective Rob Stinnett said.

The latest home invasion happened early Monday morning at Debbie Chinn's home in the 900 block of 24th Street. She says she thinks she may know one of the suspects and doesn't understand why they thought they had to rob her.

"The only thing they got was a pack of cigarettes a cell phone and a brand new billfold with $40 in it," Chinn said. "I mean, if you'd have asked me I'd have gave it to you. I'm that way. I don't care if I have to do without. I always help somebody."

That crime has a lot of people in Huntington worried that their home could be next.

"For people who are worried about Huntington being a safe place to live, what do you tell them?" WSAZ.com's Lauren Schmoll asked Stinnett.

"I would still classify Huntington as a safe city," Stinnett said. "You know, unfortunately, with a city of 50,000 people ... when you have an incident or a collection of incidents, and it doesn't matter if they're related or unrelated, it is going to cause concern."

"Do you think these are random crimes?" Schmoll asked.

"I can't elaborate on the fact, you know, if I believe it's a completely random act of violence or if it's something that was targeted or something specific," Stinnett said.

Chinn thinks her family may have been targeted.

"Whatever's going on around here ... I think we were just part of it is what it was," Chinn said.

Police say the suspects in each of the three home invasions during the past week have very similar physical descriptions, although it's too early to say for certain if the cases are related.

The public is asked to call the Huntington Police Tip Line if they have any information that could help in the investigation.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/19/12 @ 1:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A third home invasion in just the last week has another family in Huntington on edge.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com three men wearing dark colored hoodies broke into a home in the 900-block of 24th Street just before midnight Sunday.

A woman who lives there with her daughter and grandchildren says she fears for their lives. She says they were playing cards when they heard a loud boom and then three men entered the home with guns.

The alleged victim tells WSAZ.com she was terrified when one of the men waived and pointed a gun at her and her grandson. She says they didn't get away with much but have stolen their sense of security.

Some of the family members are leaving the home for fear the intruders may return.

Investigators say they don't have much to go on.

A similar home invasion in Huntington happened last Tuesday night in the 2500-block of 12th Avenue. Then just two days later, another home invasion occurred between 24th and 25th Streets, just off of 4th Avenue. It's unclear if all three are connected.

If you have any information, call Huntington Police at 304-696-5510.

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