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Police, Residents React to String of Las Vegas Home Invasions

LAS VEGAS -- A string of home robberies in the valley has many homeowners on edge. 15 robberies have occurred since January. In many cases, the suspects held the homeowners at gun-point. Police say in every case, the homeowner did not take precautions to prevent the crimes from happening.

The latest robbery happened at a home near 215 and Durango Thursday morning. Police say the robbers held the homeowner at gun-point and stole several items, including a television and an X-Box.

"It is disturbing to know that it's right down the street," said Johanne Tupaz, who lives in the area. "It isn't really as safe as we assume just because we live in one area or another… It's not something I'd expect to happen so close to my own home." "If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere," added nearby resident Nick Soapes. "It's a shame it happens, but it does. So, you just have to be ready for it," nearby resident Vaughn McWilliams said.

Metro Police say most of the robberies occurred on the valley's northwest side. Officers say during one robbery, a homeowner sustained gunshot wounds.

Authorities released descriptions of two suspects from one of the robberies and believe a third suspect could be involved. Police say they are armed and dangerous. The suspects are described as African-American males, between 5'10" to 6'1" and between 150 to 200 pounds. They are traveling in a stolen black Windstar van. It is not known if these suspects are connected with all 15 robberies.

"We are going to stop this. We are going to aggressively pursue (them)," Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols said. Police say the common thread to all of the robberies is how the suspects entered the homes. "(The robbers entered) literally through unlocked doors or unlocked windows," Lt. Nichols said.

Police say homeowners often open their doors or windows as the weather gets warmer. But, the desire for fresh air makes homeowners fresh targets for robbers. Authorities remind people to always keep windows and doors locked.

"There are always bad people out there to do bad things. So, it's up the people who aren't bad to not make themselves victims," Soapes said.