Dinuba families on alert after masked thieves break into homes

August 22, 2013 2:51:28 PM PDT
Two families are on alert after masked thieves broke into their homes. The crime happened in the area of Avenue 420 and Road 92 in Dinuba.

Investigators at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department are still looking for three masked men who they say broke into two homes, right next door to each other.

A sleeping family of four was frightened awake when three masked men kicked open their front door early Tuesday morning, to rob them.

Lt. Cheri Lehner said, "They heard the commotion the male occupant confronted the subjects there was a physical altercation."

The husband broke his hand and was beaten with a gun before the thieves took off with some jewelry and other belongings.

Lt. Lehner said, "We have discovered there as some cash and cell phones taken."

The couple's two children were also inside. The Tulare County Sheriff's Department says before the suspects broke into the home, they first kicked down the door of their neighbor's.

Lt. Cheri Lehner said, "She locked herself in the bedroom, dogs began to bark and she heard the assailants leave and then she called 9-1-1."

Detectives think the three suspects may have been scared off by the eight dogs that started attacking the men after they broke in.

Despite the nearby crime, neighbor Aaron Hernandez says he feels safe in his home. He says it helps having four dogs to help him protect his property.

Hernandez said, "I'm glad no one was hurt in this home invasion no one was severely injured that was a blessing."

Detectives are looking for three men, a couple of them may be at least six feet tall. If you have any information you're asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

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