GREENSBORO, N.C. -- CEO Steve Fleming says in the 16 years he’s been at the Well-Spring Retirement Campus, Thursday’s home invasion was a first.
In response to the incident, Fleming says the campus is increasing security. They’ve temporarily hired off-duty Greensboro police officers and are working to expedite the process of installing security gates, an addition that was already in progress prior to the incident. The campus already has security guards who monitor the grounds, 24/7.
Fleming says the safety of residents on the retirement campus is a priority because they’re like family.
“They become like your second set of grandparents," Fleming said. "Or in some cases, parents. So many of these people are that equivalent relation to me and we are going to do all we can to protect them."
Capt. Mike Richey with the Greensboro Police Department says they are now searching for two suspects. The description of these male criminals is limited, but police say they drove away in a gold sedan. Investigators say the suspects had masks and are in their mid-20s to early 30s. The incident happened around noon on Thursday and was reported by the victims at 12:45 p.m., Richey said.
The victims, a husband and wife in their 80s, were tied up and placed in a room while the thieves stole cash and electronics.
Richey said the husband was in the home when the criminals came inside. Those criminals entered through an open garage door. The wife came home in the middle of the incident.
The couple was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and have since been released.