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Home invasion suspects threaten elderly couple

7:59 AM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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  • Home invasion victims Melba, 76, and Milton Seals, 80
  • Milton and Melba Seals home on Lynhurst Drive
  • Broken window at Seals home
  • Atlanta Police at home invasion
  • Atlanta Police check for prints on broken window of Seals home
  • Home invasion victim Melba Seals

ATLANTA -- Since the 1960's, 76-year-old Melba Seals and her 80-year-old Army veteran husband, Milton, have lived a quiet and peaceful live on southwest Atlanta's Lynhurst Drive.

But all that ended at around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

"We've been in this house 40 some years, this is the first time this has ever happened," Melba told 11Alive.

A chain-link fence around their house and an alarm system didn't stop as many as seven young masked men from terrorizing them and their 6-year-old grandson.

Armed with pistols, a shotgun and possibly an automatic rifle, they entered from a broken window on the side of the house.

"They went in and grabbed my husband and drug him out of the bed, drug him down the hall and I heard them say, 'old man, cut off the G.D. alarm,' you know," Melba said.

She said while she and the grandson cowered in a bathroom, the robbers made off with $700 to $800 in cash and about $40,000 in jewelry.

They also took a television, but left it outside in the yard.

Melba's husband was bruised and shaken up, but otherwise no one was injured.

While Atlanta police continue to search for suspects, Melba had some harsh words for her attackers and their parents.

"They don't have any parents; they don't have a mother; their mother crawled out from under a rock...'cause if young people had parents they wouldn't do this to elderly people," she told 11Alive.

She also blames the city for not reopening some local recreation centers as Mayor Kasim Reed had promised when first elected.

"There's too much of this going around; they need to be in school; they need to open back up some of the recreation centers for the kids to have something to do," Seals said.

Mayor Reed told 11Alive he did reopen many recreation centers, but will look into the couple's complaint.

"I'm going to get to the bottom of their concern, speak with them directly and then I'll have a more thoughtful response about how my administration will respond," he said.

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for tips leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 404-577-TIPS.

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