Lottery Winner Targeted in Home Invasion: Cops

Police continue to search for two alleged gunmen who investigators say targeted a local lottery winner early Friday morning.

By Jackie Gailey, Rosemary Connors and David Chang
|  Saturday, Aug 11, 2012  |  Updated 1:13 AM EDT
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Police are searching for a pair of home invaders who they say targeted a man who recently won a lottery jackpot. The victim's relative believes the home invasion was an inside job. Fortunately the victim was not injured. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has the story.

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Police are searching for a pair of home invaders who they say targeted a man who recently won a lottery jackpot. The victim's relative believes the home invasion was an inside job. Fortunately the victim was not injured. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has the story.

Police continue to search for two alleged gunmen who investigators say targeted a local lottery winner early Friday morning.

It happened at a home on the 1400 block of Church Street in the Frankford section of the city, according to police. Investigators say two masked men confronted the 21-year-old victim on the street as he got out of his car and forced him inside his own home.

"They put him in the house and they asked him where his safe way," said the victim's relative. "He said there was no safe and they just cocked a gun back. He just got scared. I guess he saw his life flash in front of him and said, 'take the money, the safe is upstairs.'"

The gunmen allegedly used a shoelace to tie up the victim and then stole around $15,000 from the safe. The family member tells NBC10 the victim works hard, saves his money and recently won cash from a scratchoff lottery ticket.

"Why would you even ask about a safe?" asked the family member. "Why would you even know that he had money? It had to be a setup. It had to be an inside job. It had to be somebody close to our family that knew he had money from the lottery. What type of people do that? Just run into somebody's house for a couple dollars? That's unbelievable. Get a job. We pay our taxes just like everybody else. You can do the same." 

The victim was not injured. Police continue to investigate.

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