Armed Thieves Handcuff Elderly Couple, Ransack Their Los Angeles Home

A group of four armed thieves handcuffed an elderly couple and ransacked their home in Encino late Monday.

The incident, which happened at 4700 block of White Oak Avenue, was reported just before 10:30 p.m, Los Angeles Police Department said.

A man and a woman who rent the home were inside when the multiple suspects entered the property, breaking in through the back door. At least one of the robbers was armed with a hand gun, and another had a small knife.

The couple were handcuffed during the heist, and an unknown amount of money, jewelry and some purses were taken. The four robbers, three of whom were men, were all wearing ski masks and gloves. They fled the scene in a newer four-door vehicle, police said.

No one was injured during the incident. 

The home is owned by former NBA and UCLA star Earl Watson, who now works as assistant coach for Development League team the Austin Spurs. It is not clear if the home was targetted as he is the owner, or they picked out the house as the couple own three Los Angeles restaurants.

Investigators are hoping to glean more information from surveillance footage both on the premises, and from neighboring homes. Officers were hopeful DNA evidence left at the scene would provide solid leads.

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