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Masked Suspects Prompt Air, Ground Search in Hamilton Mill

Dacula homeowner called police after three people wearing masks rang her doorbell.

Gwinnett County Police are investigating a Feb. 16 incident in which three masked suspects knocked on the door of a Hamilton Mill home.

According to the police report, a Manor View Court homeowner heard a knock on her door at approximately 9 p.m. When the woman looked outside, she saw three people standing in front of the door wearing black masks. The woman ran to the phone and called police. By the time she looked outside again, the masked individuals were gone.

Several police units canvassed the area searching for the suspects. The Gwinnett County Police helicopter was also called to assist, but the suspects were not located.

The homeowner told police two of the three suspects were dressed entirely in black and the third suspect was wearing an American flag shirt. She was unable to provide any further identifying information.

The case is listed as active.

The Gwinnett County Police Department offers seven tips to make your home a less attractive target for criminals:

  • Install motion sensor lights on the front and rear of your home.
  • Keep doors and windows locked. Do not hide house keys outside of your home. Burglars are familiar with the most common locations in which keys are hidden.
  • Remind neighbors to call the police immediately if they see any suspicious activity at your home.
  • Keep shrubbery and trees trimmed. Overgrown trees and shrubbery can provide criminals with a hiding place.
  • Purchase an alarm system for your home or business and use it.
  • When away from home, use a timer to activate interior lights at various times to give your home the appearance of being occupied.
  • If you are going to be away from home for several days, arrange to have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to retrieve your mail and paper each day.
Kimberly Bachert Eiklid February 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM
May I suggest that law abiding citizens and homeowners exercise your 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms? A firearm with a responsible owner/operator and a dog or two are deterrent enough for most would-be criminals/thugs. My two 90# Labs are great at alerting when someone is outside our home. Their barks sound pretty scary from the other side of the door and keeps would-be intruders OUT. If trespassers make it past my dogs, they will be shot... and shot again to avoid unpleasant State or civil litigation. Thugs be warned if you come into my 'hood'.
Floyd Akridge February 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I'd like to get your post on a t-shirt!
Kimberly Bachert Eiklid February 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Thanks! My dad made that up and I have a sign on my front door and my ground level windows with that on it. I would hope (if they can read) that any punks trying to come into my home to take what is NOT theirs would take heed to that warning! They aren't leaving my place alive. LOL
Clemson97 February 22, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I enjoy my 2nd amendment right and my right to carry, be warned.
Gary Fox February 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Kimberly & Clemson, my weapon of choice is shotgun (loaded of course)
Stacey Matsche February 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I love my you Kimberly!!! Glad your MY nieghbor!!! :)
Cynthia Montgomery February 27, 2012 at 05:54 AM
As this economy continues, thugs will continue. Months ago I responded,"that when they tire of breaking into cars at the gym & park, the peace of our homes would be next." It is now happening. Thugs know that homes can yield more that just a purse & credit cards.To anyone still wondering if it was just neighborhood kids playing Ding-Dong Ditch, I believe the smart & quick thinking woman of the house knows the difference between children out playing a trick & grown men, face covered, in the darkness of night, searching for their next target. When was the last time you & two of you closest friends took to the streets, wearing all black, face covering ski mask donned &running after ringing your friend's doorbell? Two questions, was there a car around or did the thugs leave on foot? If it was indeed thugs living among us then we have parents that need to question their sons about their "Spend the Night Activities." Not caring if they were the area thugs or inside Hamilton Mill thugs, a thug is a thug. It matters not.Their actions & intend are the same. For the safety of a son's life, I would have a fierce conservation immediately. In this day & age, I know more neighbors that carry a gun than not. As a wise male neighbor said," What is wrong with the good guys having a gun?" Protecting our homes & families is a right of all Americans although current leadership wants to change our second amendment rights- the right to bare arms. Educate & VOTE!

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