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Masked men sought in Spring Hill robbery

Authorities are looking for two masked men who barged into a home in Spring Hill early Saturday morning, threatened the residents with a gun, then left them bound and gagged.

Robert Smiley, 22, and his fiancee, Amy Marie Freid, 20, were asleep in their rented Pinehurst Drive house around 4:30 a.m. when they were awakened by a loud noise and barking dogs, a sheriff's report stated.

Shortly afterward, two unidentified men entered their bedroom and demanded that Smiley and Freid not look at them, a report said.

"Stay down," said one of the men, holding a pistol to Smiley's head. "Where's the safe? We know you have a safe. Where is the money?"

"I don't have any money, the safe that I have is for my gun," Smiley replied.

That did not deter the burglar, who was described by authorities as in his early 20s wearing a black ski mask. He continued to demand money from the safe and threatened to kill Freid if she looked at him, according to the report.

Later, Smiley went to a closet in another bedroom to get the 12- by 8-inch safe. However, when the man realized that the safe was empty, he told Smiley to get back into bed and place a bandanna around Freid's mouth.

The second man, who was wearing a bandanna that shielded his head and face, approached both Smiley and Freid and discharged pepper spray in their faces. He then grabbed a cord from an alarm clock and tied up Smiley on the floor against the wall.

The men took an undisclosed amount of cash and a cellular phone before leaving the house through a rear sliding door, a report said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the sheriff's anonymous tip line at 797-8477.

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