Two people are in the Vanderburgh County jail after an armed home invasion. But the people arrested aren't the ones who broke in.
Evansville Police were called to a home in the 900 block of Oakley Street late Saturday Night. It wasn't the first time they've been called there for a home invasion. Police tell us they investigated a burglary at the same address just two weeks ago.
The residents tell police three masked men knocked, forced their way inside, held one man at gun point and demanded money. Residents say they didn't have any money and the suspects soon left.
When police arrived to take another report, they noticed marijuana and paraphernalia in an open closet. For that reason, police say the victims were specifically targeted.
"When you have things going on in your home that draw attention to you for the fact that there could be large amounts of cash or narcotics in the home, there are people that are going to try to take that from you. We see it time and time again that the victim of a crime has made choices that increase the odds of them being a victim," says Jason Cullum with Evansville police.
Police arrested the residents of the home, 20-year-old Ebon Wolf and 21-year-old Kimberly Hutchins. Both are facing drug related charges after police say they found more than 50 grams of marijuana, meth and digital scales.
Officials tell 14 News that when victims have something to hide, they often don't call police.
"We know that home invasion robberies are under reported each year because they realize that calling law enforcement to their house is going to expose whatever crimes they're committing, so they don't call at all. We know that a lot of crimes revolve around drugs. Either people who want to steal your drugs directly so they can sell them themselves or maybe use them. Or you have people that are dealing with addiction that don't have the money to meet the demand," Cullum says.
Evansville police say the home invasions are isolated incidents and the average Evansville resident shouldn't feel threatened by these crimes.
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