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Armed Robbers Threaten to Kill Teen Boy in Bronx Home Invasion

The teen was home alone when the men threatened to kill him if he didn't hand over cash

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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Police are looking for two armed thieves who threatened to kill a 15-year-old boy after forcing their way into his Bronx apartment. The suspects were captured on surveillance camera installed inside the home. Tracie Strahan sits down and talks with the victim.

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Police are looking for two armed thieves who threatened to kill a 15-year-old boy after forcing their way into his Bronx apartment. The suspects were captured on surveillance camera installed inside the home. Tracie Strahan sits down and talks with the victim.

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Police Hunt Suspects in Home Invasion on Teen Boy

Police say two women knocked on the door of a Bronx home and told the 15-year-old boy they were friends of his mother's. He opened the door and two men pushed their way in, stealing an iPhone, iPad and box of painkillers before fleeing. This is surveillance video and a still photo released by police.
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Police are looking for two armed thieves who threatened to kill a 15-year-old boy after forcing their way into his Bronx apartment, where they stole prescription drugs and electronics early Sunday.

The teen was home alone at his Morris Heights apartment when two women knocked on the door and claimed to have a gift for his mother, according to the NYPD.

The women disappeared when he opened the door and two men armed with guns and knives forced their way into the home and shoved the boy into a bedroom.

"They put my head down. They put a gun at me in the back and they started saying if they don’t find no money, that they were going to kill me by the end of the day," the teen, who didn't want to be identified, told NBC 4 New York.

Then, police said, the men stole a box of prescription painkillers, an iPhone and an iPad before leaving.

The robbery was caught on video.

The 15-year-old's father installed cameras a few years ago after receiving a large financial settlement. He said he was worried the sum would bring trouble, but now he's concerned about his son.

"He's scared," his father said. "He don't want to eat, he don't want to sleep, he cries."

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call 1-800-577-TIPS or www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. The teen's family is also offering a $3,000 reward for anyone with information that can lead to arrests.

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