Neighbors say children were inside Cape Coral home during armed home invasion

Writer: Jack Lowenstein
CCPD investigators respond to an armed robbery at a home on Embers Parkway near Burnt Store Road in Cape Coral Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Credit: WINK News.

Investigators continue to search for four armed, masked individuals Friday who reportedly broke into a home, caused harm to someone inside and stole a bunch of cash before getting away.

Thursday, Cape Coral Police Department responded to an armed robbery at a home on Embers Parkway in the city. Neighbors say there were children at the home during the crime.

Police detectives and forensics crews worked the scene for 17 hours after the violent break-in that happened around 1:30 a.m. on Embers Pkwy. near Burnt Store Road.

“We learned about it when the police officers came to our house earlier today and told us what had happened, and I was absolutely shocked,” next-door neighbor Cathy Lincoln told WINK News Thursday.

Friday, Claire Fischinger told us she didn’t like what she saw and doesn’t like what she fears.

“There were yellow markers and just a bunch of police people there,” Fischinger said.

According to CCPD, four people broke into a home at gunpoint, pistol-whipped one of the adults inside and got away with about $1,000 in cash and a cellphone. To make matters worse, neighbors say children were inside.

“It was crazy to think that that could happen right there in this neighborhood,” Fischinger said.

Detectives have something good to go on, surveillance video from the home and watchful neighbors who vow to keep their eyes open.

“We’re definitely just locking the doors and making sure everything secure,” Fischinger said.

Anyone with any information can contact CCPD by calling 239-574-3223, submitting an anonymous tip at CCPD Tips or TipSubmit, by sending a message through CCPD social media platforms or by calling Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS, using Case Report #21-000954.

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