Three Columbia Home Invasions
One victim explained the terror of being attacked.
"They had me face down on the couch," said Cody Welch. "I was yelling. They told me to shut up and I just kept yelling. I just didn't care. That's all that I could do."
The invasions happened on Gordon Street, Mexico Gravel Road and Hirth Avenue. Police believe the invasions are linked.
"All three home invasions involve five black males in their late teens, early twenties, wearing dark clothing with their faces covered, and all were armed with firearms," said Sgt. Ken Hammond of the Major Crimes Unit.
Hammond says the men broke down the front doors to each home, but did not take much.
"I tell you, here we were traumatized and when they left, they were here for about 10 minutes," Welch said. "They were in my room, searched through my room. They dumped my purse out all over my bed. They took my bank card. They took my driver's license. They took $27 that was in my wallet."
Now, neighbors say they're on the lookout.
"I'm going to be careful, be a little more careful," said Wallace Jackmon. "And I'm going to go out and lock that little compartment on that pickup."
If you have information about the break-ins, call Crimestoppers at 573- 875-TIPS.