110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 9, 2014 - 12:07:46pm
Volusia County Sheriff's investigators are still puzzling over what they termed a "possible" home invasion July 7 in the DeLand area.
Deputies responded to Ivy Avenue, which runs off East Voorhis Avenue, at 2:21 a.m. July 7. They found a "multitude of subjects" in the front yard and interior of the house, most of whom split as the first responding deputy started a preliminary investigation.
The deputy located the homeowner, identified as 34-year-old Tyhesia Farmer. She told the deputy she left her 11-year old niece, 13-year-old daughter and infant son at the house for a short period. When Farmer returned, she saw the house's front door had been forcibly opened. She found the children locked inside the master bedroom's bathroom. The house had been ransacked, with the exception of the master bathroom, the Sheriff's Office report stated.
The older children told the deputy that about 20 minutes before Farmer came home, someone knocked at the door. They did not answer, and the door was kicked in. Three black males rapidly entered the house. One of the men had a firearm which he used to intimidate the children and put them in the master bathroom, the report continued.
The children told the deputy they then heard a lot of noise, which they associated with the house being ransacked. Then they heard the sound of a vehicle starting and what they thought to be the sound of one or more people running away from the residence.
Farmer said a necklace and ring valued at $800 and $2,000 respectively were missing from the master bedroom, the report stated.
Deputies reported that Farmer was uncoopertive and "attempted to direct the investigation by insisting deputies not access areas of the dwelling and motor vehicles."
The case is still open.
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