Homeowner in West Austin bound and robbed

Men dressed as utility workers rob homeowner in west Austin at 6200 block of Ledge Mountain Dr. Oct. 12, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
Men dressed as utility workers rob homeowner in west Austin at 6200 block of Ledge Mountain Dr. Oct. 12, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are investigating a home invasion and burglary that happened in West Austin, Wednesday morning.

Austin police say the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. in the 6200 block of Ledge Mountain Drive, near the intersection of RM 2222 and Mesa Drive. Detectives say two men, who appeared to be dressed as utility workers, knocked on the door of a home and robbed the woman inside.

“The same individual was wearing a yellow hard hat and an orange traffic vest,” explains Detective Rolando Gutierrez of the Austin Police Department. Detectives say the men pushed their way inside once the woman opened the door.

Jim Ratley, a retired police officer got a phone call from his wife Wednesday morning, saying the two men robbed her at gunpoint. “She was hysterical. This was just after they had tied her up and she had just escaped. I was just almost nauseous, I was scared, I was sick; most important person in your life.”

Ratley says the men got away with jewelry and guns but left his wife unharmed. “Thank God my wife’s okay. She’s still pretty shaky. It’s finally starting to sink in on her what happened.”

Ratley believes his neighborhood is generally safe, but police say you can never be too cautious.

“Don’t take it for granted that it’s safe to open the door, better be safe than sorry,” says Detective Gutierrez.

The descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle are very vague, but Ratley tells KXAN he spoke with police and they do have solid leads. APD believes the suspects targeted the home and knew where to look for high-value items.

Police are still looking for the suspects. If you have any information, call APD’s robbery tip line at 512-974-5270.

Crime reports for the past two weeks in the 78731 zip code, show 48 police calls. There were no violent crime, but there was one home burglary and seven vehicle burglaries.

Over the past year, the neighborhood surrounding Ledge Mountain Drive, saw four home burglaries, and 13 burglaries to vehicles. 


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