JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – A mother and daughter say they were held at gunpoint during a home invasion by brazen thieves who made themselves at home in their town house.
But management is questioning their claims.
Kimberly Smith says as she and her 17 year old daughter Paris slept early Tuesday morning two men entered their home at the Vintage Luxury Apartments and Townhomes and began taking what they wanted.
Paris said she awoke to footsteps on the stairs that she says she thought were her mother's until she saw a figure near her bedroom and dialed 911.
"So I said 'I think it's an intruder' and before I could get intruder out he ran into the room with the gun pointed to my head, and I started to scream. He grabbed my laptop. I stopped screaming so he wouldn't shoot me," said Paris Smith as she began to cry.
Her mother said she never heard the men in her room taking the valuables from her purse.
"She was sitting there screaming so with a phone in her hand and I got up. I couldn't even make out what she was saying. She was trembling so bad she said Mama a man is in here with a gun'," said Kimberly Smith.
According to the 40 year old, she ran down the stairs in the dark and saw two figures leave through her back door.
She believes they were in her home for a long period of time.
"I came down stairs, and you could smell cigarette smoke. Once we checked the bathroom they had literally used the bathroom. That's how much time they had," said angered mother.
"It was brought to our attention, and we are investigating. there were no signs of forced entry. neighbors said they did not hear anything," said Vintage manager Ruthie Jones.
Jones said the complex does not have a security guard but does have a courtesy officer who walks the grounds until 2 a.m.
While pointing to the new locks on her back door, the elder Smith walked a few steps to the car port and gestured to the row of lights.
"We got light tonight," said the Jackson resident.
The bus driver said management replaced all the burned out light bulbs beneath the carport behind her townhouse.
Smith said there was nothing but darkness behind her home before the robbery.
She has changed the locks and taken other safety measures but still doesn't feel safe.
They have been living in the town house for about a year.
"You watch it on TV, but you never think it will happen to you," added Paris.
Vintage management said residents are encouraged to acquire renter's insurance upon signing the lease.
Jackson Police are investigating.
No arrests have been made.
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