JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - A Jacksonville woman said she and and her 9-year-old son were victims of an armed home invasion in which $1,300 were stolen.
The woman wants to remain anonymous for safety purposes. She said she and her young son were home at their apartment on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville Saturday night. That was when two men with guns walked inside and demanded that she hand over money and jewelry.
"That's when I was like, 'Just here, here take everything,' and then he was like, 'Get on your knees. Oh you have gold-- give me that too.' And he like snatched it off my neck," said the woman.
The woman said the armed men walked out the front door. She and her son then ran out the back to a neighbor's home to call 911.
The woman said she was told by detectives that the suspects were caught on cameras located all around the apartment complex.
Jacksonville Police are investigating the case, but wouldn't release the surveillance footage because it is an active investigation.
"My child being put through that, that's something he has to live with. You know, if it was me, okay all well and good. But you have to be really, really, really a sick person to put a child in a predicament like that," said the woman. "He's not going to sleep at night or nothing so you know, that traumatized him too, so they should think about that too."
The two armed men are described as black males-- one wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with white writing across the chest. The other wore a black hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans that had white stitching across the pockets.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-455-4000 or Crimestoppers.
A Jacksonville locksmith said to make your home safer, first and foremost, you should have a deadbolt lock on your doors.
"Anyplace that don't have a deadbolt should at least have a deadbolt, especially residential. It deters people. I mean, they would rather go to a house with one lock as opposed to one with two," said James Campbell, an AA King Lockout Locksmith certified technician.
He said doors with glass panes should be double paned glass and not single. If you have glass panes on your door, make sure your deadbolt lock requires a key to unlock from both the outside and inside. That way, if someone were to break out the glass, they can't just reach in and turn the deadbolt lock.
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