by: Dave Faherty Updated:
CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. - Caldwell County deputies are trying to track down several people who kicked in a woman's door while she was sleeping Wednesday morning then attacked and robbed her at gunpoint.
The owner of the Lenoir home on Old North Road had left for work before it happened but his girlfriend was still inside.
A neighbor was sleeping when she woke to the noise of a car taking off and her neighbor in tears.
"I heard tires squealing," a neighbor said. "She came over here crying, asking to use the phone and said someone broke into the house and she was just crying and really upset."
Deputies believe someone forced their way inside the home and assaulted the woman before taking several items.
"They really ransacked the place,” said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones..
Family members said the home-invasion robbery shook the small community.
"I'm going to keep my dog in the house because I know he won't let (anyone) mess with nothing," Star said.
Investigators said as many as four to five people were involved in the robbery.
At this point, they don't have a descriptions and no arrests have been made in the case.