Burglars kill man, tie up husband in closet before ransacking home, police say

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a man was shot and killed during a home invasion and his husband was tied up in a closet.

Stone Mountain police said when Theo Moore, 48, came back from walking his dog Monday morning, two men forced their way into his house on Ridge Forest Drive.

According to the police report, Moore’s husband heard two gunshots and was confronted by the gunmen demanding money. He said they tied him up and stuffed him in a closet where he stayed for more than an hour until he could call police.

Police said after killing Moore and tying up his husband, the burglars ransacked the home for more than 90 minutes, took several TVs and drove off in Moore's car.


“They took a lot of time in the home. They stayed there for some time, which is not normal,” Stone Mountain police Sgt. Manuel Norrington said.

Neighbors said Moore was loved by the community.

“Y’all didn’t have any reason to do that,” neighbor Jules Harvey said. “He would have given the shirt off his back.”

Neighbors said Moore and his husband, Richard, were married only two months ago.

Detectives said someone tried to break into their home two weeks ago. The attempted break-in prompted the victim to install surveillance cameras that later captured his alleged killers.

Anyone with information about the case should contact police.