Columbia County investigators are looking for two men who reportedly broke into a couple’s home, taped them up and robbed them at gunpoint Tuesday morning.
According to Captain Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Kaitlyn and Shane Austin, of the 7400 block of White Oak Campground Road in Appling, reported the home invasion around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday. However, the incident occurred around 3 a.m., the incident report said.
The couple told police they were asleep when two black men forced open the front door of their home. The men, they said, were wearing gloves and both had handguns. One was wearing a face mask.
The couple said they were forced to the floor and had their hands and feet taped together with duct tape. The suspects demanded to know where items of value were and asked ShaneAustin the location of security camera equipment.
The suspects made away in with a Nissan Altima and $30,000 in cash, electronics, a purse, a hand gun and other items.
Morris said the burglars also took a quantity of marijuana. The men attempted to gain entry into a gun safe, but were unable to do so.
The car was found on Greenbrier Road a short time after the break in. Morris said that this robbery may be related to a similar case in Thomson where two men reportedly entered an apartment on July 11th and assaulted the resident with a gun.