Cranberry Police are investigating after three armed men broke into a residence at the Laurelwood Apartment complex off Rochester Road in Cranberry and demanded drugs and money.
According to police, the men entered the townhouse, which was occupied by five construction workers temporarily working in the Pittsburgh area, at about 8:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
The suspects, who were carrying at least one long gun and a pistol, bound the men while they ransacked the apartment, police said.
Within 15 minutes of the break-in, two other occupants of the apartments arrived home, surprising the suspects, according to police.
The other men, who the suspects ordered into the apartment, were able to get away. They then called 911.
“They actually ran back to their vehicle and drove out,” Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said.
At least one of the suspects chased the returning occupants, police said. The suspects then left the area. It is unknown what type of vehicle the suspects were driving, according to police.
No one was injured in the robbery, Mascellino said. The occupants already had freed themselves when police arrived at the building, he said.
Mascellino said it is unclear at this time if the victims were the intended targets for the robbery. Although the suspects demanded drugs and money, that is not what they ended up taking from the townhouse.
Instead, they stole household items, the value of which are unknown, Mascellino said.
“Was it the wrong place? The wrong time? That’s not clear yet,” Mascellino said.
He added police do not believe the incident is related to a home invasion in North Apollo Thursday where 22-year-old man was duct-taped to a chair while playing Xbox.
The suspects are described as one black man and two white men. No other identifying information is available at this time, police said.
Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to contact Cranberry Police at 724-776-5180.