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North Aurora couple held at gunpoint, dog shot in home invasion

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 2, 2013 7:20 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – A North Aurora couple were held at gunpoint and their dog was shot during a home invasion and burglary Friday.

According to information released by North Aurora police, the couple were in their home, a duplex in the 200 block of Laurel Drive, about 1:20 p.m. Friday when they heard a knock on the door.

Before the residents could open the door, it was kicked in by two men who entered the home and displayed a firearm, police said.

One of the men then held the residents at gunpoint, while the other man went upstairs.

At that time, the residents’ dog, believed by police to be a kind of bulldog, approached the man with the gun, and the man shot the dog three times, police said.

Police said the second man came back downstairs carrying a safe.

The two men then fled the house through the front door.

North Aurora Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki said the men were in the home for “just a few minutes.” He said he did not know what was in the safe that had been taken, or why the men targeted that residence.

Police said the residents transported the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. As of Friday afternoon, police could not update the dog’s condition.

The suspects were described as black males, each in their 20s. The man believed to have held the residents at gunpoint and shot the dog was described as having a dark complexion with shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The man who went upstairs and took the safe was described as having a light complexion and short, black hair, also wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

North Aurora police ask anyone with information to call police at 630-897-8705. Tips can be left anonymously by choosing option No. 3 from the voice mail menu at that number.

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