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Teen girls hog-tied during area burglary

Cary Ashby • Jul 8, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Authorities are making arrangements for two local teen girls, who were hog-tied during an area burglary, to study a photo line-up, hoping to identify the suspects.

The two girls, ages 13 and 17, were hog-tied by two male suspects who came to the house asking for gasoline, according to a report from the Richland County Sheriff's Office. The aggravated burglary happened June 29 on Gilger Road in Shiloh.

"They had no gas available," Capt. Norris Baker said.

The two suspects left the front door, Baker said, but then "snooped" around the property and barn. He said the men returned to the front door and put a gun in one of the girls' faces.

An attempted 9-1-1 call did not go through.

The suspects forced their way into the girls' house, then went through a bedroom and stole a portable safe holding various documents, a silver pistol and the victims' cell phones, according to a deputy's report.

The younger girl was able to free herself after the suspects left.

"It wasn't as tight and she was able to free herself," Baker said, referring to the duct tape.

"A church van pulled up to take them to church. ... They were not injured," he said. "One of the church people called us."

About an hour passed between the time of the incident and when the church van arrived.

Detectives checked with farmers, Baker said, and were able to get the suspect vehicle identified. It is a white car with dark, tinted windows.

The case has been handed over to Detective Sgt. Matt Mayer, who could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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