Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit
Dunedin Fire Rescue
Three to five black males; all wearing dark bandannas and armed with handguns, some with tattoos on their arms.
Seven people were inside the home at the time the incident occurred; all are adults, three are related to each other; the others are friends.
Patrol deputies are investigating a home invasion/robbery that occurred in Dunedin. One of the victims sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene.
Deputies responded at about 5:54 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2012.
The crime occurred at a private residence located at 1763 Main Street, Apartment #144 in Dunedin.
According to deputies, 3-5 black male assailants- all wearing dark bandannas over their faces, each armed with a handgun and using what was described as organized practice tactics, -kicked in the front door of the Dunedin home at about 5:34 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2012. Once inside, the suspects addressed the victims who were sleeping inside the home by shouting “police” and ordering them all into the living room.
Once all the victims had complied, the suspects demanded a safe. When one of the victims showed some resistance, by attempting to get away, he was struck several timed with a handgun and thrown against a glass door. As a result, the victim received several lacerations to the face and nose.
The suspects then obtained the safe, - which contained an undetermined amount of cash, along with random paperwork, a wallet and keys, – and fled the scene. It is not clear how the suspects left the scene at this time, whether on foot or by vehicle.
The victim who was injured, was treated on scene by Dunedin Fire Rescue and released.
The names of the victims will not be released at this time as the suspects remain at large.
Deputies say the incident appears to have some drug related connection.
The investigation continues.
Anyone with information that may assist deputies in this investigation is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 727-582-6200; or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.