Police search for masked men who robbed elderly man at gunpoint in Putnam County

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. -- A lakeside community is on edge after an elderly man is robbed at gunpoint inside his home.

The Putnam Sheriff's Office say two men forced their way into a home at Van Bibber Estates. They woke up and threatened the man inside with a shotgun. They held him to the floor with the weapon.

"Both had masks on, and they were demanding money from him," said Putnam County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Scott Ducker.

The men ransacked the home. Deputies won't say what was taken, but they say neighbors have given them surveillance footage from that night.

"Well I lock my doors now," Vanessa Kriger said. "Since this has happened, I talked to my boss at work, and I said I think I want to get some pepper spray or something."

Kriger and other neighbors said there is rise in break-ins lately.

“I’ve been here almost two years, this summer has been the worst," Kriger said.

If you have any information please reach out to law enforcement.

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