Couple tied up during break-in

COVINGTON - A couple living in a mobile home park off Turner Lake Road was awakened early Thursday morning by two men armed with handguns who tied them up and stole several items, including guns, electronics and a car.

According to a Covington Police Department report, the victims told police they were asleep in their bedroom and awoke to find two black men pointing handguns at them.

The suspects reportedly ordered the victims not to look at them, tied their wrists with shoestrings and left them lying on the bed. The male victim told police that one of the suspects struck him twice on the left ear with a handgun and hit him once in the head with a dresser drawer.

The suspects reportedly fled the residence out the front door. The male victim told police he was able to cut the strings off his and his companion's wrists and then went next door to call police.

Reported stolen from the home were a 1994 burgundy Ford Crown Victoria, a .410 shotgun, a 12-gauge Mossburg pump shotgun, a 42-inch flat screen TV, an LG stereo, a Sanyo camera, a 20-inch computer monitor and $250 in cash.

According to the police report, the home was ransacked, with cushions thrown off the couch, items pulled out of kitchen cabinets and dresser drawers dumped onto the floor. Total value of the items taken was more than $8,400.

The male victim was checked by EMS at the scene but refused treatment, according to the report.

The victims told police one of the suspects was wearing tan or light brown garden gloves and the other had on a pair of black batting gloves.

One was described as wearing either a dark blue- or black-checked jacket and the other wore a grayish-colored shirt.

Alice Queen can be reached at alice.queen@newtoncitizen.com