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HCSO probes Brooksville home invasion

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The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) hopes the public can help investigators locate a group of men who allegedly invaded a Brooksville residence, took several items, and fled.

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HCSO Public Relations Manager Denise Moloney said that in the early morning hours of July 12, deputies responded to a call reporting a home invasion at Seaway Drive in Brooksville.

At the scene, a man told them that at 2:15 a.m. just after he had returned home from his job in Tampa and parked his car in his driveway, a vehicle pulled up in the roadway at the driveway’s entrance.

As the man exited his vehicle, four men dressed in black, wearing masks and carrying various firearms ordered him to the ground and demanded his money and jewelry.

The masked men then escorted the man to the front of the residence where he unlocked the front door and entered the home. The four masked men followed him inside.

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The man told deputies that the masked men ordered him along with four other members of his family who were already inside the home into a bedroom.

Once the family was inside the bedroom, the men took various items from the residence and fled.

Once the four left the house, the man and his family emerged from the bedroom and called the HCSO.

No one was injured in the incident.

Detectives and a forensics team arrived on the scene, interviewed the man and his family, and collected physical evidence.

The four men remain at large.

Anyone with information on the reported home invasion should contact Hernando County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-990-TIPS texting, **TIPS from a cell phone by visiting http://www.hernandocountycrimestoppers.com

All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Tipsters may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

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