MPD Investigating Afternoon Home Invasion

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Meridian, Mississippi Police say a home invasion in the city of Meridian is rare in itself, but one in the middle of the day is even more unusual.

It was a typical Friday afternoon for a man living at a home in the 1100 block of 36th Avenue in Meridian until four men walked into the man's house and took his money. The 61-year old man did not want to be interviewed on camera, but his son told Newscenter 11 off camera that his father is doing fine. Police say the suspects simply fled on foot after the robbery.

"Police canvased the neighborhood, spoke to some witnesses, and we are currently investigating the case," Captain Dean Harper says.

The suspects are only described as four black males around 20 years old. In the month of July alone, Meridian Police tell us they've investigated a total of 23 armed robberies, at least half a dozen in the past week alone. Investigators admit this case is different from the others they are currently investigating.

"Home invasion robberies in Meridian are pretty rare," Harper points out. "They do occur and when they do occur, they generally happen at night. It is rare one would happen in the middle of the day."

Captain Harper says the community shouldn't be any more alarmed than it is when a typical armed robbery happens. He says in this particular case, the homeowner's doors were not locked at the time of the incident.

"We would suggest you make sure you keep your doors locked at home," Harper encourages. "That's not only for a home invasion robbery, but that's for a burglary or anything else that might occur."

Officers say it is highly likely that someone saw at least one of the individuals running away from the crime scene, though they may not have realized it at the time. If you believe you've seen one of the individuals in question, you are asked to call investigators immediately. The number for Crimestoppers is 601-485-1860.