Thieves Invade Liquor Store Owner's Home, Steal From Store: Deputies

Masked men held a couple at gunpoint for over two hours in a home in a South Bay gated community early Friday morning.

Wearing gloves, masks and dark clothes, at least three home invaders followed the victims from a liquor store they owned to their home at midnight, which they ransacked, taking jewelry and $2,000 in cash, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies are investigating the home invasion, reported at 2:50 a.m. home invasion, in the 1000 block of Park Circle Drive in unincorporated Torrance.

Two of the robbers took keys to the store owned by the victims, stealing from there as well, deputies said. One home invader kept watch over the couple, during the two-hour store robbery, facilitating a phone call to the victims to find out where they kept their safe at the store.

No one was injured in the burglary, deputies said. A fourth suspect may be involved, but deputies don't have a description of the supsects.

The victims owned Mel and Leo's Liquor Store in Hawthorne, deputies said. It has bulletproof glass and other safety measures, but they weren't used in this case.

"He's just a really nice, fun-loving kinda guy," said customer Joseph Osborn, describing the store's owner.

NBC4's Annette Arreola contributed to this report.

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