Four armed, young Asian-American men broke into the town house of an Asian-American family in Cockeysville early yesterday, tied up the family members, ransacked the house and took money, jewelry and a videocassette recorder, Baltimore County police say.
The robbery is similar to another break-in involving Asian-American victims and robbers in Cockeysville in May, "The connection is that they're Asian," police spokesman E. Jay Miller said. "Whether they're related, it's hard to say. We're still exploring any possible connections."
The latest robbery occurred at the home of Thompson and Lisa Lee in the first block of Valley Ridge Loop about 3:20 a.m., police said.
The Lees and their two daughters, one 21 and another 14, were sleeping when the men broke in, police said. The family members were not injured. The robbers -- one carrying a small handgun and two with knives -- entered the house by prying open a front basement window, Mr. Miller said.
The thieves awakened the daughters in their bedrooms and took them into their parents' rooms, where they were tied up on the floor, Mr. Miller said. Mr. and Mrs. Lee were tied up on the bed.
The robbers ransacked the house, Mr. Miller said. After the robbers left, the family members freed themselves and reported the robbery to police at 4:30 a.m.
In the other robbery, in the early morning of May 11, police said, the family of Jason Chu was bound by robbers while at home in the 10600 block of Pot Spring Road. The house was ransacked, police said, by thieves armed with knives. They took about $6,000 plus jewelry.