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Gunman returns hours after first home invasion

A gunman who stole a television set, cell phones and a wallet before driving off in the victim’s car returned hours later to the same East Side home to threaten the occupant again, according to a pair of Buffalo police reports.

The thief managed to speed off, injuring the victim and a neighbor as they attempted to block his path, but Ferry-Fillmore District officers later found the stolen vehicle on a nearby street and police are sweeping it for evidence.

The unusual set of incidents began at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at a home on Schutrum Street, near the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Broadway. The resident said he answered a knock on the door to find a man pointing a handgun at him. The robber took $70 in cash, the wallet, TV and two cell phones as well as the keys to a 2007 Honda Civic.

Four hours later, the same man returned and yelled at the Schutrum Street resident to come out and get his car. When the resident refused, the thief broke a window to the house, drew his gun and began climbing through the hole in the window. He fled back to the stolen car when the occupant called 911.

Both the resident and a neighbor were taken to Erie County Medical Center with minor injuries after they were hit by the car as they tried to stop the driver.

Officers found the Civic three blocks away on Koons Avenue. No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.