Home Invasion-Kidnapping at Jewelry Store Owners Home in Meriden
On April 11, at around 10:51 P.M. the Meriden Police Department received a call of a Home Invasion at 120 Gravel Street Unit # 71. When the police arrived, two of the four victims involved were located.
Police say prior to their arrival, two male victims were bound and gagged with duct tape inside of the home. The suspects in this home invasion are believed to be black males, all of whom were wearing masks and gloves. The suspects were armed with handguns and there were at least four suspects and possibly a fifth suspect. It is not known at this time if the victims were already in the home when the suspects arrived or if the suspects had already been holding the victims and escorted them into the home.
As the suspects were in the act of this home invasion, two more victims arrived at the home. They are obviously acquaintances of the two victims who were already bound and gagged with duct tape; however, the relationship between any of the victims is not yet known. This second pair of victims who arrived during the incident was made to enter and they were also bound and gagged with duct tape.
Shortly thereafter, the first two victims who were already bound and gagged were taken by a number of the suspects to Fairfield. Once there, some type of robbery/burglary took place at Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield – the two victims involved are the owners of the jewelry store. The victims who were transported to Fairfield were blindfolded and they were loaded into a vehicle in Meriden for the ride to Fairfield; however, while en route to Fairfield, the victims were made to exit the vehicle at which time they were loaded into a second vehicle. The victims were found bound and gagged at the Lenox Jewelers upon arrival by Fairfield Police. The second pair of victims remained bound and gagged at the home in Meriden and at least one of the suspects remained with them.
Police are currently looking for a 2009 silver BMW 528 XI bearing Massachusetts plate 96NV02. This vehicle belonged to one of the victims and it was taken by the suspects from Meriden.
At this time all four of the victims are unharmed and the identity of the suspects is unknown. The Meriden Police Department’s Detective Division is actively investigating this case and will be working closely with the Fairfield Police Department throughout this investigation.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Meriden Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at (203) 630-6201.