Crenshaw Co. Deputies Searching For Robbers In Home Invasion

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By Catalina Trivino

The Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office needs your help looking for a group of robbers they say is involved in a home invasion. The victim tells us one of the suspects was her gardener.

Diane Holland's 4 a.m. wake up call was no alarm clock -- instead, it was a kick at her door. And she says when she was up, she realized this was no nightmare, but the real thing.

Rocky Mountain Road in Highland Home. Diane Holland lives off that road. She says it's a quiet neighborhood.

But she says Wednesday morning was a different story.

"I heard a big racket at my door so I jumped up and hollered 'stop!,'" Said Holland.

The racket was coming from her back door. But Crenshaw County deputies say a group of robbers then shot her front door and kicked it in. Holland says she was held at gunpoint.

"They were talking to each other. And I was talking to the main one," Said Holland.

Deputies say Brandon Wayne Richards is a suspect in the armed robbery. Holland says she knew him -- She says he was her gardner. He says they're also searching for three, possibly four other males.

"He left with a large amount of cash and some electronics and some firearms. Between 3 to 5 thousand dollars we estimate," Said Thompson.

Now Crenshaw County deputies are on the search for the robbers...

"We've got every extra man we've got out searching for this these people and we are going to search until we get this case there either done or they are behind bars," Said Johnson.

While both deputies and Holland hope the robbers will turn themselves in. Still -- the incident has made her question her safety at her home...

"I could go out after dark to the storage houses and do whatever, take the dogs out do whatever and I didn't feel no fear of it. But now I do," Said Mike Johnson, an investigator with the sheriff's office.

The victim says she is staying out of safe location with her family, but she just doesn't know when she will be going back home. Taking action against crime in highland home I'm Catalina Trivino.

If you have any information, call the Crenshaw County sheriffs office at 335-6695.
 

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