Man Zip-Tied During North Charleston Home Invasion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are looking for two men they say are responsible for a home invasion on Wednesday night.

"It's kinda frightening knowing they did something like that," says Cindy Lowther. She's talking about what happened right down the street from her home on Wednesday night.

Police say two men, posing as police, knocked on the victims door in the 3100 block of 5th Avenue.

One man was wearing a hat that said police on it. The men claimed they had a warrant to search the home and the victim let them inside.

Police say the victim's hands were zip-tied, his face was covered with a blanket, and his home ransacked. The men got away with cash, prescription pills, and food stamp vouchers.

Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper says, "Crimes like these are typically not random. Sometimes someone may get some information that you have a particular type of drug in your house or cash in your house."

The victim, who was too shaken up to talk on camera, says he thinks the suspects were watching him, just waiting for him to be home alone.

Lt. Cooper says, "They've impersonated themselves as police officers and that's always a dangerous situation."

The victim was not seriously hurt in the home invasion. Neighbors saw the suspects leave and were able to help the victim and call 911.

The two suspects left in a white Impala. They're described as 5'9, 150 pounds with reddish brown hair and a larger male, around 200 pounds with a mustache.

If you know anything, contact the Charleston Police Department.

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