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Home invasions spike during holidays

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There has been 36 home invasions that compares to 27 last year.

Detectives tell News 4 Tucson ‘tis the season for thieves to shop around for homes that have cash and drugs, or are decorated for Christmas.

In this case, a man stringing his Christmas lights was approached by four people in a vehicle who greeted him with a shotgun.

It happened in a neighborhood near the Triple T Truck stop on Dec. 14.

Robbery Assault Det. Shawn George said, the suspects tried to identify themselves as police officers. 

“Greeted the victim with a shotgun, he could’t see the faces, and forced him to the ground,” he said.

George said the victim’s wife and children were not home.

The suspects took him inside where detectives said they tied up the victim, assaulted him and went through the house, stealing electronics. 

They repeatedly asked the victim for drugs and money.

Detectives said the homeowner told them he did not have any and that they had the wrong house.  He told them he had just moved into the house a year ago. 

Detectives said it is possible the thieves may have hit the wrong house.

The thieves took the victim's wallet, which was full of his credit cards, and went on the shopping spree. 30 minutes after the suspects left the house, a surveillance video showed a man and a woman using the victim's credit cards at a Target near Irvington and I-19.

The shopping spree spread throughout Tucson.

The thieves charged up $3,000. The suspects maxed out the cards. They attempted to buy a big screen television, but the sale did not go through.

The suspects were able to purchase other items. They went to a gas station, two Home Depots, Target and Walgreens.

Detectives said one of the suspects drove away in the victim's blue, 2004 Chevy Tahoe with the license plate BNX2417.

The suspects were also in a Trailblazer or GMC Acadia driven by a female.

The victim could only describe two Hispanic males.

The first suspect was described as approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, skinny, light-skinned and a Spanish speaker.

The second suspect was described as Hispanic, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches, and had a heavy build, and freckles or lighter spots on his skin.

George said the victims are still terrified over the incident. He concerned that next time, the suspects may use the gun to wound or kill someone.

If you information, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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