RANCHO MIRAGE — Police are still searching for two men who pulled off a home invasion robbery on Monday morning. Three adults were robbed of money, a pickup truck and other items, sheriff’s officials said.
Officials were at the scene in the 70-000 block of Mirage Cove Drive, but Cpl. Courtney Donowho did not confirm whether or not the residents were tied up during the robbery, which took place at the Palm & Sands apartment complex, near the intersection of Mirage Cove Dr., and Highway 111 at 9:45 a.m.
Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the stolen truck, a Ford F-150, in a restaurant parking lot less than a mile from the apartment complex.
“The vehicle,” said Donowho, “is unoccupied, so they believe that the suspects may have left that vehicle and taken another.”
Lt. Joe Borja said there were reports that the suspects may have fled in a white Volkswagen Jetta. “They took the victim’s truck,” he said, “likely to a spot where another vehicle was ready for them to flee.”
Borja said the robbers included a white male, “probably in his 20s,” wearing a black-and-white jacket, and another man, “either a dark-skinned Hispanic or an African-American.”
Police are not certain if the suspects were armed. Borja said neither of the three victims were injured. “There was one elderly adult,” he said, “who was shaken up a little, but they had no injuries.” Police are terming the crime as a home invasion robbery, one in which early reports declared that the victims were bound during the incident. Police did not say if the victims knew the suspects.
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