WINDERMERE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orange County deputies are searching for armed robbers who broke into a woman's Windermere home and terrorized her family.
Deputies say the woman was fast asleep with her two young sons inside the home, when two men broke in with guns.The victim tells Fox 35 that the suspects came in through her side door. She says she woke up when one of the men came into her bedroom.
The victim told deputies that one of the suspects was wearing a lanyard that said "SWAT" on it and that they were police. She says they told her that they were looking for drugs.
The woman told deputies that the suspects were inside her home on Beckman Drive for about an hour, while she tried to keep her two kids, who are 8 and 11, calm.
Deputies say the suspects ended up stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and threatened to shoot the mother and her two children before they left.
Deputies say the family plans to install some security upgrades to the home.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office says this home invasion is one of at least three to happen in the area recently. Deputies say on November 2, four men robbed a home on nearby Zori Lane. Then. they say in late October, a man was shot during a home invasion at the Retreat at Windermere apartments.
Deputies have not said if the cases could be connected.