Police say thieves targeting Indian community in N. Fulton County

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ALPHARETTA, Ga.,None - Alpharetta police are looking into yet another home invasion, targeting members of the Indian community.

The latest incident happened at a home on Park Glenn Drive.

Each time, police said, a group of men held a family at gunpoint and stole gold and other valuables.

"I was surprised. I was shocked and very nervous, and still am," a woman, who asked not to be identified, told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik. "I thank God nobody was injured or killed."

According to an alert from the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 23, the gunman robbed a family on Park Glenn Drive.

The victims said the robbers are targeting them because they're Indian.

Neighbors told Petchenik the invasion is the second case like this in Alpharetta in several months.

In September, police said five masked men tied up another Indian family and stole gold. Cobb County police said they are working a similar case.

"It so bad for our community," restaurant owner Satish Musunuri said.

Musunuri said word of the attacks is spreading quickly through Atlanta's Indian community.

"Now, all the people are scared about this," Musunuri said.


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He said gold is a big part of the Indian culture, but because of the attacks he said many families are opting to safeguard it so they don't become victims of the apparently targeted home invasions.

"We are not keeping any precious gold or jewelry in our home," Musunuri said.

Musunuri lives in Alpharetta and hopes police will catch those responsible.

"We aren't thinking the police are doing enough, their job. They have to do more," he said.

Petchenik has asked police for the incident report for the recent case, but so far they have not released it, saying it's an ongoing investigation.

According to the neighborhood alert, the suspects had some kind accent, possibly Caribbean.

Police have called a meeting with the homeowners association for this Sunday.

The police chief and a city councilman will be there to discuss what happened and ways for neighbors to protect themselves.


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