Men in skeleton masks duct-tape teens during Chesterfield home invasion

Posted at 12:02 AM, Dec 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-13 07:18:20-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - When two teens answered the door at their Ransom Hills Terrace home in Chesterfield Wednesday, two men wearing skeleton masks stormed in, according to police. Police sources said the men carried bats and duct tape with them.

"It’s a quiet neighborhood, man,” Alton Coleman said.  “I'm shocked it happened right across the street."

So just how bold were these thieves carrying bats?  Neighbors said a state trooper lives next door to the house where the crime was committed.

"Do it right there with a state police officer living there,” said Coleman. “That's pretty gutsy."

The teens were not injured in the crime, but were tied up with the duct tape, police said. The suspects stole electronics, clothing and furs.

"Alarming, makes me nervous, man,” Ryan Short said. “I mean, it's right across the street.”

And so close to Christmas.

The victimized teens just lost their mother to an illness, neighbors said.