By Matthew White, Sun Staff Writer and
Ashley Babbitt, Sun Managing Editor
NORWICH - The Norwich Police Department is currently investigating a burglary/attempted robbery on Gold Street in Norwich. Two suspects remain at large.
Police Chief Rodney Marsh confirmed just prior to press time Thursday – at 9:54 a.m.) that one of the suspects was armed with what appeared to be a dark colored handgun.
At approximately 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, a resident on Gold Street was startled when two individuals forced their way into the residence and began making demands. The suspects were only inside the residence a brief time and then left in an unknown direction.
Multiple patrol units from the Norwich Police Department, Chenango County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police were dispatched to 19 Gold St. on a priority complaint call of reported forceful entry.
While authorities would not confirm, scanner reports advised police be on the lookout for “two white male suspects in dark clothing, one with a handgun” as they made their way to the scene.
At approximately 7:45 p.m., Norwich Police Officer Adam Francis said, “No one had been taken into custody yet” and that an investigation into the matter was under way.
“We want to ensure the safety of the community while we execute the investigation and follow-up, so right now we're urging city residents to lock their doors and windows as a precautionary measure, and to report any suspicious activity to the Norwich City Police,” said Francis at the scene.
Shortly thereafter, Francis along with several Chenango County Sheriff's deputies and New York State Police were seen performing in a thorough sweep of the of the neighborhood beginning at the Gold Street block, moving outward.
According to NPD Chief Rodney Marsh, the two suspects were described as both wearing dark colored pants and dark colored hooded sweatshirts, with the hoods covering their heads.
The home owner was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Norwich Police Department at 334-2424, the Norwich Police TIPS Line at 336-TIPS (8477), or www.NPDtips.com.
As of press time, no further information has been released regarding the apprehension of the suspects. Information will be released to the public as it is made available to The Evening Sun.