The home invasion was reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday on Collins Lake Way in the Estates at Collins Lake subdivision off Fontaine Road. Police said the men who broke into the homes had their faces covered and were wearing black clothing. All were armed with handguns, according to police.
The victims were ordered to the floor at gunpoint and ordered not to move, said Officer Mike Bowman. He said while some of the perpetrators pointed their handguns at the victims, the others ransacked the house. They then took several items of value along with cash before fleeing, he said.
No injuries were reported in the invasion.
Keval Patel told WSB-TV that he and his parents were cooking dinner when the group of gunmen ran into their home and tied them up, and then put a blanket over them as they searched the house for money. He said his father was taken into another room at gunpoint and suffered a panic attack.
“They kept asking us where the money was,” Patel told the station. “We told them we didn’t have any. We told them it was in the bank.”
The family is of Indian descent, and there are other Indian families in Cobb and metro Atlanta have been targeted by thieves, Bowman said. But police don’t know why that is.
One of Patel’s neighbors, who only wanted to be identified by his first name for safety reasons, said he was home at the time of the invasion but didn’t hear anything unusual. He said he met the Patel family when his family moved into what he called a “quiet neighborhood” a year ago.
“They came over to introduce themselves. They’re great folks,” Jonathan said. “There have been some recent break-ins around here. But none to that extent.”