PEORIA (WEEK) — A Peoria woman was just getting home around 9pm Tuesday night when two men ran up to her as she entered her home on the 1400 block of Hanssler. One of them pointed a gun at her, and demanded her car keys.
The horrific scene was all captured on the woman’s Ring doorbell camera. In the video, you can see the two young men emerge from the darkness as the victim unlocks her front door. Both enter, one with a gun drawn. Moments later, the two run off and steal her car.
Both the victim and her neighbor, who was home when this all happened asked not to be identified. The neighbor heard pounding through their shared wall and did not think anything of it, until police arrived.
“We all have kids in this little circle, and they all play outside, they’re at an age where we don’t have to stand outside with them…but it is now to the point where you can’t keep your eyes off of kids anymore,” said the neighbor.
That neighbor was left scared, but had no interest in moving.
“I’ve never had an issue like this, ever…but what else are you supposed to do? This could literally happen anywhere,” she said.
Peoria Police said with crimes like this, it is important people stay vigilant. Sergeant Erin Barisch said there has been an uptick recently in young people stealing cars.
“The biggest thing…is know your surroundings, see what’s going on the side of your house and if you can, use well-lit areas especially if you’re going into businesses or parking lots,” said Barisch,.
The stolen car was eventually found on Wednesday afternoon. No one was hurt during the original theft and home invasion.
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