Police investigate home invasion on Peoria's north side

By WEEK Producer

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria Police are investigating a home invasion on the city's north side.

Officers were called to 6617 N. Greenwich Place, near Koerner Road, around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police reports, the victims, Jeffrey and Susan McKenna, were asleep in their bed when three men entered their bedroom, tied them up using zip ties and cords and demanded their debit card pin numbers, keys to both of the victims' vehicles and other valuables.

Jeffrey McKenna told police when he was unable to give the suspects a pin number, he was struck with a handgun. The suspects then took several items from the home.

The victims said they were tied up for about two hours before they were able to alert their three children, who slept through the incident, and call the police.

The victims also said that they overheard one of the suspects saying that they had to leave in order to "hit up" another house.

The suspects were described as three black males, dressed in all black, wearing masks and armed with handguns.

One of the vehicles stolen by the suspects was recovered Wednesday morning in the 2900 block of Victoria. The other was recovered Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe that this crime may be related to two other similar crimes that happened in July and September.

"By all accounts we believe that the same crew that hit Weaver Ridge also struck the house last night in Chadwick Estates, and I won't be surprised that they are going to continue to operate until they're caught," said Peoria Police Chief, Steve Settingsgaard.

Police also said they cannot rule out the home invasion that happened on Devonshire in early July.

Victims in all three cases were tied up, held at gun point and had their cars stolen.

"It's clear to me we need an exclusive effort targeted strictly at these home invasions," said Settingsgaard. "So I'm going to put together a team of investigators."

Police are urging anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area to contact Crimestoppers at (309) 673-9000.