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Police probe string of violent home intrusions Couple hospitalized in one of 3 invasions

Buffalo police are investigating a string of violent home invasions -- one of which left a man and his wife hospitalized with injuries after a fight with the intruders.

The home invasions happened over a six-hour period from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, but it was unclear if they are connected.

The injured couple, who live on Dorchester Road, were treated at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.

Northwest District police said two men damaged the electrical meter at the Dorchester house, which cut off the power at about 3:35 a.m. Wednesday.

The men entered the home through a bathroom window, stole items from the woman's purse -- her credit cards, cell phone and cash. The intruders then confronted the woman in her bedroom, taking the diamond ring off her finger.

When her husband heard her screams, he entered their bedroom and began fighting with the two men. The assailants told the man they would blow his head off with their gun and they ran out of the house. No gun was displayed during the incident.

At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, two men forced their way through the front door of a Gallatin Avenue home and confronted a 51-year-old man, according to Northwest District police.

One intruder threatened him with a crowbar, while his accomplice said, "Give me your money." Police said the victim was able to scare off the two burglars.

At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, three to four men -- one of them pointing a gun -- barged into a Wilkes Avenue home, Northeast District police reported.

Inside the home, the burglars tied up a man upstairs and tied a woman to a chair in the kitchen. They ransacked the home, but it was not known if anything was stolen.

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