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Two home invasions in 24 hours have residents concerned

Leverett's Chapel residents are concerned by the home invasions. (Source: KLTV Staff) Leverett's Chapel residents are concerned by the home invasions. (Source: KLTV Staff)
GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Investigators say there may be more suspects in the two home invasions that happened earlier this week in East Texas. On Monday, a couple who lived on County Road 137 near Leverett's Chapel in Rusk County was robbed by three invaders, wearing all black. Late Tuesday night, a group of men wearing dark clothes, gloves, and masks robbed a couple at a home near Highway 259, north of Longview.

Now officials are investigating the possibility that these robbers had outside help, like a getaway driver.

Some folks who live in the Leverett's Chapel neighborhood say they are rattled by these home invasions.

"Since I've been here I've never locked the front door of my house. Now I'm locking them," says neighbor Harry Johnston.

The home invasion has sent a shock wave in the community.

Some neighbors are even fearful to show their faces.

"It's very disturbing to know that could happen here and how they got in and out without anybody seeing them. We're real close out here, we try to watch out for each other," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

And almost all neighbors knew the victims.

"I still didn't believe it until next day they told me it was them. I said, 'Wow this is not right,'" Johnston says.

Investigators can't find any physical evidence to connect the two invasions.

In both cases, three armed men dressed in black suits and hoods tied up the two residents and robbed them.

"The manner in which this was done was very unnerving," says one neighbor.

Though fairly secluded along County Road 137, there are still lots of neighbors who look out for one another.

How the suspects just vanished without anyone seeing them coming or going? Investigators have a theory that there may have been others involved.

"We know when they left Leverett's Chapel, they took the victims' truck. Whether they had another subject involved that came by and picked them up or whether they had a vehicle parked at that location, we don't know," says Rusk county sheriff Jeff Price.

Some think too much is coincidence.

"I think that someone knew, or they knew what was there and when to get it," says Johnston.

Needless to say, everyone has their guard up.

"Now I'm going to be driving around looking for different vehicles that don't belong in the area," Johnston says.

Investigators ask that anyone with information on either case call local law enforcement.

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