Police early Friday found a blazing SUV that they believed was the getaway car stolen in an hours-long home invasion at a Cary home on Thursday morning.
The vehicle was engulfed in flames when police found it just after midnight in a cul-de-sac near the intersection of Anacosta and Dakota streets, where the Shepard Middle School is, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. There was no one around it, she said.
Cary police are searching for five men who forced their way through the back door of a home in the 400 block of Sandy Whispers Place in the Stonewater subdivision off O’Kelly Chapel Road shortly after 2 a.m.. They held two people at gunpoint and forced a third to drive to an ATM and withdraw money, police said.
The thieves took electronics, jewelry, handbags and wallets from the home. Police reported that the suspects “regrouped” and fled with one of the victim’s vehicle, a 2013 blue Ford Explorer with N.C. license number CLA-5098.
Investigators do not think the home and victims were specifically targeted. They described the home invasion as “a crime of opportunity” and reminded residents to secure the doors and windows of their homes and to be aware of suspicious or unfamiliar pedestrians and vehicles in their neighborhoods.
Police think the suspects are between 18 and 25 years old and “of varying weights and heights,” according to a press release from police. The men were all wearing masks and dark clothing.
Investigators ask anyone near the area during the time of the crime to contact the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept confidential at the caller’s request.