Cranberry Police are investigating after three armed men broke into a residence at the Laurelwood Apartment complex off Rochester Road in Cranberry Thursday night and demanded drugs and money.
According to police, the men entered the townhouse, which is occupied by five construction workers temporarily working in the Pittsburgh area, at about 8:05 p.m.
The suspects, who were carrying at least one long gun and a handgun, 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 and surprised the suspects, according to police.
The robbers ordered those men into the apartment, but they fled and called 911.
“They actually ran back to their vehicles and drove out,” Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said.
At least one of the robbers chased the returning occupants before the robbers left. Police haven't determined the type of vehicle the robbers were driving.
No one was injured in the robbery, Mascellino said. The occupants had freed themselves when police arrived at the building, he said.
Mascellino said it is unclear if the victims were the intended targets for the robbery. Although the suspects demanded drugs and money, they ended up stealing household items. Police haven't determined the value of those items, 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 Thursday in North Apollo in which a 22-year-old man was duct-taped to a chair while playing video games.
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.
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