Update as of 1:00 a.m.: Tredyffrin Police say a Berwyn couple was tied up at gunpoint and then robbed before the home invaders forced the man to take them to the jewelry store he owns in East Norriton where police say the assailants robbed the store.
Tredyffrin Police provided the following account of what is known so far in the case in a special release sent to Patch at 1 a.m. Friday.
Information received by police was that a local resident, who had returned from work at approximately 7 PM, was accosted by three or four black male (masked) subjects armed with handguns who forced themselves into his home.
Once inside, the actors bound both victims (husband and wife) and ransacked the home. The actors then took the male victim (in the victim’s white Volkswagen Passatt bearing PA registration plate DJM0696) to the jewelry store (Shuler’s Jewelers) owned by the victims in East Norriton, Montgomery Co. The additional actors were believed to have followed the victim’s vehicle back to the jewelry store.
The suspect vehicle is believed to be a silver or blue sedan – possibly a Chrysler product. No physical injuries were sustained by the two victims. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the East Norriton Twp. (Montgomery County) Police Department and the Chester County Detectives.
The original story, posted at 11 p.m. Thursday continues below:
Detectives from Tredyffrin Township and Chester County are investigating the reported gunpoint kidnapping of a Tredyffrin man inside his Tredyffrin Township home Thursday night.
Because of the developing nature of the story, as of 11 p.m. Tredyffrin Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo could only confirm that the incident is under investigation and that Tredyffrin patrol and detective units, and the department's top commanders were working the case. Giamo tells Patch the case is also being investigated by Chester County detectives.
6ABC/Action News is reporting that the owner of an East Norriton jewelry store was robbed at his home in Tredyffrin Township, Thursday evening and then forced to drive four men to his store, which was then also robbed.
According to a report aired on 6ABC/Action News at 11 p.m.police were called to Shuler's Jewelry Store in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County at around 8 p.m.
WPVI-TV's Jennifer Joyce reported that the wife of the victim who owns the store told police her husband was robbed at gunpoint at his home, then taken in his own car to Shuler's Jewelers on West Germantown Pike. That's where 6ABC reports the assailants took an unspecified amount of merchandise before fleeing.
According to reports on Montgomery County public safety radio, the robbers may have still been in the victim's white Volkswagen Passat shortly after the robbery at the jewelry store.
Police in Norrtown were still interviewing the victim at the scene late Thursday night.
Patch will be following this story throughout the night. We will update this story as new details become available.