Early Monday morning, two homes in Piedmont were invaded by gunmen in what police are calling related robberies.

First, at around 6:20 a.m. in the 100 block of Estates Drive, "a resident reported that three men with bandannas over their faces kicked in the front door of the home.," reports Oakland Tribune. Armed with a semi-automatic and a short-barreled rifle or shotgun, the suspects ordered the victims to lay on the ground while they ransacked the house. They made off with a "small jewelry box, a computer monitor and change." Luckily, no one was physically injured.

Later at around 6:50 a.m. a home on Arroyo Avenue near York Drive was targeted, Oakland Tribune goes on to report, "three to five men kicked in the door and threatened the residents with the same two weapons, punching one of them to the floor after they screamed." As they suspects fled, they shot at one of the victims as they tried chasing the robbers. Again, no one was physically injured.

No arrests have been made. Reports describe the suspects as " tall, black males in their early to mid-20s, wearing dark clothing and bandannas over their faces; most who were thin, but one who was heavyset."

Information or tips help catch the creeps should be directed to Detective George Phifer at 510-420-3013.

[Oakland Tribune]