Crime

Police: Man was robbed by son, girlfriend

A Jackson County man's son and girlfriend have been accused of faking a home invasion in order to steal money and a gun from him.

State police say they got a call from Andy Cruse, 78, of Sandgap, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in which Cruse reported a home invasion.

It was reported that Cruse's girlfriend, Louise Roark, 53, of Sandgap, had been tied up and held outside while three men held a shotgun on her, then took money and a gun from Cruse's home and fled on foot.

However, state police say Roark and Cruse's son, Timothy Cruse, 49, of McKee, planned the theft together, stealing $21,100 and a handgun after Andy Cruse went to sleep.

The money and gun were found in a remote part of the S-Tree Park area in Sandgap, police said.

Roark and Timothy Cruse have been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500, conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence.

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