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Robbers pose as interested home-buyers, come back later for the steal

Police chase thieving duo from Washington Twp. to Easton, one still at large and armed

Home invasion and robbery

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County couple are shaken up after two men tied them up and robbed them during a home invasion and robbery.

Police tell us the crooks posed as interested home buyers to gain access to the Washington Township house.  

One suspect is under arrest, the other is still on the run.  

Police say that man has a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The ordeal at this Delaware Drive home in Washington Township started Tuesday night.  

Investigators say two men showed up pretending they wanted to buy the house.  

They tell us the couple let them inside.

"Allowed them to go around the outside of the property and on the inside to view it and take some photographs," explained Washington Township Police Officer Scott Miller.

The man and woman who live inside called officers when the men left because the visit didn't feel right.  

We're told when the two men showed up again Wednesday night, the couple immediately called police.  

Miller says no one answered when he tried to ring them back.

"I grew a little concerned, so I drove out here."

Miller says as soon as he knocked on the door the crooks ran out the back and drove off in a dark blue GMC Yukon. 

"I pursued them a short distance until I lost sight of them on Route 611," Miller said.

According to officials, State Police picked up the chase.  

It ended on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Mixsell Street in Easton.

"There were approximately eight or nine police cars in the intersection," described one neighbor.  "There was an SUV in the middle of the police vehicles and there was a man sitting on the ground in handcuffs."

The man was the driver of the vehicle; the other is still at large.

"We do know for a fact that the black male is armed with a handgun," added Miller.

Police tell us the couple who lives in the home were bound with duct tape.  

The robbers snatched jewelry and other personal belongings.

Investigators consider the man they're hunting for to be armed and dangerous.  

If you see him or know anything about this crime, please give them a call at 610-588-2040.

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