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Investigators say home invasions could be connected

New clues were uncovered Wednesday that could connect several Mid-South home invasions.

Investigators said home invasions in Bartlett, Germantown, and Nesbit, Mississippi all have similarities.  In each case, investigators believe the criminals had a specific target and that the victims were not random.

Investigator Tina Schaber is working the latest case, where four masked men broke into a Bartlett home on Guffin Road early Tuesday morning.

They tied up the husband and wife along with their three children.

At one point, Schaber said, the men pointed a gun at the seven year old boy.

"Put the gun to his head and said we're going to hurt somebody if you don't tell us where the valuables are," Schaber said.

Schaber said the men stole more than $50,000 worth of cash and valuables from the home.

They broke in through the back door after cutting the phone line.  The alarm went-off, but it was disarmed. Schaber said the family was targeted.

"It was not random. They didn't drive down Guffin in the middle of the night and say, 'I like this house let's do this.' They came very well prepared," Schaber said.

Schaber said the similarities fit four other robberies around the Mid-South.

"There are some striking similarities in the cases," Schaber said.

Like in Germantown, where five masked men broke into a home two months ago.  There was another one in Shelby Forest and one in Nesbit, Mississippi where a pastor was tied up and robbed.

Schaber met with Germantown police on Wednesday looking for any connections between the robbers and the victims. Whether it is through business, friends, or even church.

Meanwhile, people who live in this Bartlett neighborhood have called the police department concerned about their own safety.

If you have any information that could help, call Bartlett CrimeStoppers at (901) 382-MONY.

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