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Police: 3 home invaders caught

NORCROSS - Police have three men in custody suspected of bursting into a Norcross-area apartment and robbing a mother and her daughter at gunpoint last month.

The men, who were not identified, could be tied to similar crimes in the area, police said.

The female victims, ages 37 and 17, were robbed of jewelry, cash, a laptop and other electronics Jan. 26 when the men forced open the door of their Casa Los Pinos apartment, wielding a revolver and knives, according to a police report. The suspects were arrested four days later.

The alleged home invasion occurred in an area - on Graves Road, in unincorporated southern Norcross - that Gwinnett police pinpointed this week as an armed-robbery hotbed. As a potential solution, police have begun foot patrols to deliver safety tips via fliers in both English and Spanish and interfaced with apartment complex managers in the area.

The three men suspected in the Jan. 26 robbery could be tied to other violent crimes, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

"The subjects will be part of a photo line-up in another case," Spellman said, "so we aren't releasing their names at this time."

The area in question falls within one of Gwinnett's most densely Hispanic police precincts - westside. Fliers distributed there discourage residents from carrying cash, walking alone or loitering in dark parking lots. The number to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line is in bold near the top.

The effort will be expanded in coming weeks, police said.