Police say theft suspects displayed gun, forced their way inside home

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - College Station police are searching for two suspects connected to a theft Wednesday night.

Officers say a woman was in her home on the 600 block of Luther Street West when there was a knock at the front door around 10:30 p.m. When she opened the door, two suspects displayed a handgun and forced their way inside.

"Personal property was removed from the residence and the suspects then fled the area," said a press release from CSPD.

Around 11:00 p.m., officers responded to the home. They say because of the delay between the time of the crime and when the victim called police, they weren't able to immediately find the suspects.

Police are investigating the crime as a burglary of a habitation. When asked why the incident isn't being called a robbery, College Station police officer Tristen Lopez sent this statement:

"Both offenses require us to prove up lesser-included offenses. For a Robbery, we have to be able to prove a Theft plus an Assault. For a Burglary, we have to be able to prove a Criminal Trespass plus [an Assault, a Theft, OR another felony].

"Applying a title to a particular investigation is based off what best fits most of the information we have at that point in the investigation, and facts supporting all the elements of the titled offense should be present at that time. When more than one criminal offense might be present (with information and evidence supporting the elements of those offenses), the most significant offense is chosen for the title of the report. The title of a report is subject to change as the investigation develops.

"Depending on the specific information and evidence present in an investigation, an offense could be a second-degree Robbery, a first-degree Aggravated Robbery, or a Burglary ranging from a state jail felony to a first-degree felony."