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A Toms River couple was tied up by three men in ski masks armed with handguns who ransacked their Rivercrest Manor home before midnight, police said.
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said a neighbor freed the husband and wife, victims of a home invasion robbery, after the neighbor became suspicious.
Mastronardy said three men, wearing ski masks and showing handguns, entered the rear of the home, rushed to the bedroom and awoke a 66-year-old husband and 56-year-old wife who were sleeping.
The couple was tied up for about 30 minutes, said the police chief, as the three armed men raided the home off Mapletree Road.
The men fled in two vehicles, a witness reported to police. The witness, Mastronardy said, was checking his mail from his mailbox at the end of his driveway and noticed suspicious activity and called police.
The neighbor then entered the home and found the two victims tied up, and freed them. Mastronardy said no injuries were reported and the couple refused medical attention.
The police chief said a large amount of cash and jewelry was stolen.
No description of the three men or the two vehicles was immediately available.
Toms River Police Detectives Louis Santora and Roger Hull are investigating along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information can contact police headquarters at 732-349-0150 ext 1276.