Crimetracker: Two people in Halloween masks force their way into Cocke Co. home

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Elbert Carver is retired, but he still has a few business ventures:

"I've got houses and a couple of trailers and some houses for rent and I keep them up," said Carver.

When his doorbell rang around 5 p.m. on Monday, he thought it was one of the men he pays to work on the rentals. But instead:

"I opened the door and two of them came in with Halloween masks on. One of them was a girl for sure, I don't know what the other one was, a boy or a girl. And they had guns," said Carver.

Carver said the girl told him to sit down in a chair and pointed a gun at him while the other person stole as much as $1,000.

"The money was in this drawer - they left my watches and jewelry and stuff and just went on," he said.

He said the two tried to take his wallet, but ditched it after they found only credit cards inside. They ran off with the cash, his keys, cell phone and three of the four portable phones in his house.

"Oh, it was a little scary, but them main thing is I just sat down and done what they told me," said Carver.

The Sheriff's Office used a helicopter and dogs to search for the suspects, but couldn't find them. They're still looking for them, but the sheriff said the case is strange.

"Your everyday, average working person doesn't keep $800 or more on their person," said Sheriff Armondo Fontes.

Carver said he keeps cash handy to pay his workers, but says from now on:

"Not gonna have much cash around the house. And I've never had to use credit cards much in the past, but I guess I'll have to use them more in the future, you know what I'm saying?"

He also plans to install a camera so he can see who's at his front door.

Carver told deputies the female suspect was wearing a black and orange Halloween mask and stood around 5'7" with dirty blonde hair. He said the other person had a black and white Halloween mask, and was about 5'8" with a heavy build.


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