Safe taken in Turners Falls home invasion

TURNERS FALLS — Montague police are investigating an armed home invasion Saturday evening in which two men allegedly broke into a Fifth Street apartment, struck and threatened a woman and made off with a 200-pound safe.

Montague Police Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams said the two men entered 15 Fifth St., a collection of one-bedroom apartments, and knocked on the door of the apartment in question, then forced their way in. One of the men punched the woman twice in the head and face area and one brandished a pistol before both made off with what was reportedly a 200-pound safe.

Williams said police could only speculate at this point as to what was in the safe.

Williams did not have a full report of the incident Sunday and details were few. Williams said it did not appear from the incident log that the apartment resident was hurt badly enough to be taken to the hospital.

Both men wore hooded sweatshirts and ski masks, and the victim told police one man was black, based on the skin around the mask’s eye-hole. Williams said it was likely the men had left in a vehicle, given the reported weight of the safe. A neighbor reported seeing a white SUV parked nearby with two men in it around the time of the incident, reported at 7:48 p.m., but Williams said it was unclear whether this was related.

Police had made no arrests and had no suspects Sunday, but Williams said somebody who knew the safe was there was probably involved.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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