Police are searching for three suspects who they say broke into a man’s Southwest Philadelphia home, tied him up and then stole a cell phone.
The three men allegedly entered through the back door of a home on the 6700 block of Trinity Street shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say the men roughed up the homeowner, a 71-year-old man and demanded that he give them cash.
"At one point the guy tells him, 'If you move or do anything, I'll kill you,'" said Lieutenant John Walker. "But they never displayed a weapon at any point."
One of the men then allegedly tied up the homeowner with plastic ties while the other two searched through the room of the homeowner's son.
"The son is in the army," Walker said. "He has a couple of containers up there. They rummaged through the containers looking for something. We believe possibly guns."
Police say the suspects ultimately only stole a cell phone before fleeing the scene. The victim's wife then returned home where she found her husband tied up. She then called police.
The victim was not seriously hurt and is currently being interviewed at Southwest Detectives.
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Residents living nearby say there has been a rash of home break-ins in the area.
All three suspects are described as dark skinned men in their early 20’s with no facial hair, standing 6-feet tall. Police also say they were all wearing black clothing.
If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call Philadelphia Police.