Guns, money, pickup truck stolen in home invasion

2 men invade Fulton Township home, rob couple

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:51:05 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 13 2013 09:22:02 AM CST

One man received minor injuries Friday night after two men invaded a couple's home and robbed them, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

On Friday at 10:54 p.m., Rock County deputies, along with police, fire, and EMS personnel from Edgerton, were dispatched to a report of a home invasion and armed robbery on West Miles Road in Fulton Township.

Police said a man and his wife were home when two men wearing dark-colored ski masks entered the house through an unlocked door, held both homeowners hostage at gunpoint, and demanded access to a safe.

Investigators do believe that the house was specifically targeted by the robbers.

"Based on statements that were made by the suspects when they entered the residence," Rock County Capt. Jude Maurer explained, "there were specific demands made which leads us to believe that there was some inside knowledge as to what they were looking for in the residence."

According to the report, the men were described as slim-built white men in their late teens or early 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall.

The sheriff's department said the robbers took several long guns, handguns, and some ammunition, along with an undetermined amount of cash, and got away in a red 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup, which also belonged to the couple.

The stolen vehicle has since been recovered, according to Maurer. Officers were in pursuit of that car from Fulton to downtown Janesville when the two men drove it over the lawn in front of the county courthouse. Maurer said police couldn’t follow them through the soggy ground.

The male victim was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where he was treated and released for minor cuts and a bloody nose. The woman was not injured during the incident, which police said remains under investigation.

Maurer said investigators are following leads that link the location of the two men to Janesville.

"We're confident that at some point, these leads are going to bring us to a positive conclusion for the victims," Maurer said.

With that, police said both robbers are still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. However, Maurer stressed that this incident seems to be targeted and not the start of a series of random acts in the community.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to contact the Rock County Communications Center at 608-757-2244 with any information about the suspects.