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Home invasion suspects arrested in Virginia

The search is over for two cousins police say are behind a violent home invasion at a retired couple's home.

Kentucky State Police say 24-year-old Shawn Durham and 23-year-old Michael Durham were arrested in Norton, Virginia.

Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott says he's been working with other agencies for days trying to locate them.

The Sheriff says he was on the phone with one of the wanted men's Uncle when that Uncle got a call on his other line, it was one of the Durham cousins.

With the Uncle's help the Sheriff says he was able to convince the cousins to give up, saying they were arrested without a fight.

The men were caught after police say the car parked outside the Virginia home, an old Ford Crown Victoria, matched the description of a car police say was used in two Virginia burglaries in a 24 hour period.

The Durham cousins are being held in a Virginia jail on burglary charges.

Police say both will be brought back to Kentucky, pending extradition.

Both Durhams are suspects in a home invasion early Monday morning in Boyle County.

Police say they robbed a retired couple at gunpoint, and hit one of the victims with the gun.

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with one of the victims who says while committing the crime one of the robbers told them they were not safe in their home without a security system, saying there were thousands of criminals just like them who did this sort of thing for a living.

The victim says one of the cousins even offered tips to make their home more secure, saying they should buy an alarm but not to stick a sign in the yard because most criminals know how to disarm an alarm system.

The Durhams are also wanted for questioning in the shooting of a Russell County Sheriff's Deputy early yesterday morning.

The Boyle County sheriff says the car found in front of the Virginia home is close enough in description to one used in the deputy shooting to conduct a full investigation.

The deputy wasn't seriously injured, thanks to his bullet proof vest.


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