Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Police investigating overnight home invasions in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a pair of overnight home invasions that left at least one person injured.

Both cases have drug overtones, police said Wednesday morning.

In the first case, at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, three or four armed and masked men broke into a home at 2340 Caesar Way S and demanded drugs and money. The people inside fled and no one was injured.

About two hours later, a young couple called police and said a group of masked men broke into their home at 1224 Russell Drive N and demanded drugs and money.

The burglars shot one of the occupants, a 23-year-old man who has not been identified. The young man is being treated at a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

Detectives are investigating whether the two cases are related. They did not have a detailed description of the invaders.

Police spokesman Mike Puetz said investigators found marijuana inside the first home and were having trouble getting the home's occupants to cooperate. One man would only talk to detectives on the phone because he has outstanding warrants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780.

Editor's Note

This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: A home invasion in St. Petersburg on Wednesday took place at 1224 Russell Drive N. Because of incorrect information from police, a story Thursday gave the wrong address.

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