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03/10/06

Suspects in Home Invasions Wanted in Several Cities

It's a story we've been following all week: a gang of people who are robbing and terrorizing elderly women in their homes. As police investigate these home invasions, they are finding more victims and more gang members.

The good news is police are getting these suspects off the street. They made two arrests early this morning, so three suspects are now behind bars. And police are still looking for at least two more. Most of the them are wanted in several cities in the Southeast.

Police say these five people have made a living terrorizing and stealing from elderly women. "We have good information that this is a part of a very large ring operating all over the country," said Chief David Lyons of the Garden City Police Department.

Police are investigating the group for invading the homes of elderly women in Garden City and Savannah in Georgia, and West Palm Beach, Tampa and Clearwater in Florida.

But they got more than they bargained for when they robbed and attacked 76-year-old Sadie Smith in her Garden City home earlier this week.

"She's going to wind up being a hero in this," said Chief Lyons.

Smith fought back and gave police information they needed to make some arrests. "To be able to give us a detailed description of these individuals, that was instrumental in us getting them off the streets," noted Chief Lyons.

Police arrested Lisa Johnson on Tuesday. Today, they got her accused accomplice Walter Miller and Walter's brother Stanley at a Super 8 motel.

Garden City police got a tip last night that the Miller brothers were staying at the Hardeeville motel. They called the US marshals and they went in and made the arrest.

Police plan to extradite Walter Miller to the Chatham County jail and Stanley Miller will face charges in Palm Beach County.

That's good news to Mary Ann Shearouse. She lives across the street of the latest victim. "I feel much better about the situation," she told us. "I think the police are right on top of it and they're looking out for us."

But it's not over yet. Florida police are still looking for Peter Miller and his wife Lisa Alvarez. "And we will rest more easily when they arrest the other two," said Shearouse.

There may be more victims in other cities. Perhaps with this publicity, other departments can take a second look at some of their open home invasion cases.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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