ENCINO (CBSLA.com) — A couple was handcuffed during a home invasion robbery in an upscale San Fernando Valley neighborhood, police said Tuesday.

At least four suspects wearing ski masks broke into a home around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 4700 block of White Oak Avenue in Encino, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

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“They were surprised. They were in bed when this home invasion robbery occurred. They were upstairs,” Sgt. Dave Gueto said. “The suspects entered from a lower library entrance. They pried open one of the doors.

The suspect were armed with a hang gun and a screw driver.

The men restrained the couple and searched the home, stealing an unknown amount of cash, jewelry and other items.

Authorities believe they fled the scene in a Mercedes or BMW.

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“A lot of these homes have great security systems and we were able to view the video and it seems to be a newer model four-door sedan,” Sgt. Cueto said. “We have some great video of them leaving.”

The home is owned by former NBA player Earl Watson, but was being rented by a local restaurant owner and his wife, according to the LAPD.

No injuries were reported. A suspect description was not released.



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