Updated 02/11/2013 10:25 PM
Town of Newburgh Police seek suspects in home invasion
A quiet community is up in arms after a home invasion in the Town of Newburgh. Our John Wagner spoke to people who live on South Plank Road and has more.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Members of this quiet Town of Newburgh community say their sense of safety has been stolen by three masked intruders during a home invasion Sunday.
Victims on South Plank Road told police that when a man on the second floor realized his grandparents were being robbed at gunpoint, he grabbed a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, firing one shot at a masked man on his way up the steps, scaring away the thieves.
"The resident then went in the back and fired two more rounds at the fleeing suspects and then they eventually got to the vehicle and took off," said Town of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Clancy.
Those shots struck a neighbor’s home and are believed to have broken a window in the getaway SUV. No one in the neighborhood was injured, but police aren't sure if any of the suspects were wounded.
Residents told police that the three men came in through an unlocked door, brandishing hand guns and demanding money. The three suspects knew that people were inside, making their actions all the more dangerous.
"It also says that they're not afraid of whatever the home owners are going to do," said Chief Clancy. "They're willing to take a chance, that the homeowner might be armed."
"If it was them that was firing, it'd be a lot more terrifying, but it was a home owner protecting his house, that's at the least bit, a slight bit comforting," said neighbor Troy Messner.
Messner was watching the Grammy's with his wife when he thought he heard firecrackers, looking out the window to see men running through a backyard and speeding off, shifting his perspective.
"I have been very much against purchasing a weapon. The thought has crossed my mind for the first time ever in my life," said Messner.
"This is a lovely neighborhood and this just scares me," said another neighbor. "I've lived here 35 years and I'm very concerned. That house has always been a problem and I think it should be addressed."
Police are still looking for suspects, while people who live nearby demand answers. Others just wish they could move.
"If I could, I would," said Messner. "But I don't think there's a lot of options I have other than protecting myself."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Newburgh Police Detectives at (845) 564-1100.