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Elderly home invasion victims move out over fear

9:01 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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  • Movers help elderly home invasion victims move out of Southwest Atlanta home with help of Atlanta Peach Movers
  • Unrelated police takedown of robbery suspect next to home invasion scene
  • Melba (76) and Milton (80) Seals
  • Atlanta Police respond to Dec. 3rd robbery of Melba and Milton Seals' home

ATLANTA - After nearly 50 years living there, Melba and Milton Seals moved out of their Southwest Atlanta home Wednesday thanks to fear.

"They're happy to be getting out of this house because they don't know when these people will come back and the wife is not sleeping at all," nephew Gary Bing, Sr. told 11Alive News.

Bing spoke on behalf of his aunt and uncle, who were not feeling well.

He said 76-year-old Melba and 80-year-old Milton Seals have not felt safe in their home since December 3rd when as many as 7 armed men burst in through a broken window and robbed them at gun point.


A six-year-old grandson was also in the home when it happened.

"The children don't come here anymore, the grandkids, because they're afraid," said Bing.

He thanked many for their kindness and donations, including Atlanta Peach Movers, who provided their services for free.

"They are happy today, happier than in a long time," Bing said.

He said donations also helped the couple relocate to an undisclosed retirement home.

As if to reinforce the couple's fear, a heavily armed force of police, sheriff deputies and U.S. Marshals descended on the house right next door during the move.

They took two men into custody, including one officers said was wanted for several armed robberies in DeKalb County.

Even though it was apparently unrelated to the as yet unsolved invasion of the Seals' home, it only seemed to reinforce their belief that they are no longer safe in their long time neighborhood.

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