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Lake County CA Sheriff's Department
Friday December 16th, 2011 :: 05:14 p.m. PST

Clearlake Oaks Home Invasion Robbery

Public Information Release
December 16, 2011
Sergeant Steve Brooks, Public Information Officer

In the early morning hours of December 16, 2011, an elderly couple in Clearlake Oaks were victims of a home invasion robbery, false imprisonment and burglary.

On 12-16-2011, at approximately 5:20 am, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported home invasion robbery on Venus Village in Clearlake Oaks. The victims, who are 83 and 84 years of age, were sleeping in their bedroom when they were awakened at approximately 3:30 am by someone shining a flashlight in their eyes. Their hands were bound and they were told to lay face down on the bedroom floor while their bedroom was being ransacked. One of the suspects indicated they were looking for money, jewelry and firearms. Both victims were placed together in a locked closet. The victims believe there were at least three suspects involved. One of the suspects was reportedly armed with a sawed off shotgun.

Once the victims could no longer hear the suspects inside the residence, they were able to free themselves and unlock the closet door. They attempted to call 911, but discovered the telephones had been disabled by the suspects. They were able to contact a neighbor who summoned law enforcement.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, as well as crime scene investigators, responded to the location. They are currently processing the scene for evidence and conducting further investigation into the robbery.

If anyone has information pertinent to this investigation, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at 707 262-4200.

Sheriff Rivero is reminding everyone to be safe during this holiday season by keeping their homes and vehicles secure and to report any suspicious activity.

Lake County CA Sheriff's Department
1220 Martin St
Lakeport, CA 95453

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-263-2690

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