Pulaski home invasion victim talks about terrifying encounter with thieves

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Early Tuesday morning the woman in a home north of Somerset opened her door to men claiming her landlord, Rod Thayer's, cows were running loose. She was then tied up with duct tape.

Moments later the subjects knocked on Thayer’s door and gave the same story about the cows.

“That I had a cow out, and they hit the cow, the car went in the ditch, needed to use the phone,” said Thayer.

Thayer’s sister opened the door and he says that’s when the violence began.

“They knocked us on the floor, hit me with a bat. Taped us up. Hands in the front, feet in the back,” he said.

Thayer says they went through every room in the house.

“Stole 18 guns, coins, silver certificates,” he said.

And offered a reason for their mayhem.

“One of them said he was going to hell, he knew it, but had kids to feed,” Thayer said.

Police have a limited description of the three subjects. They had their faces covered, had camouflage on, and may have left in a small dark colored pick up truck.

Thayer’s wife is bedfast and he’s thankful the subjects didn’t bother her.

“They wanted to know where the pain pills and patches and everything were. My wife is in Hospice care,” Thayer said.

Thayer says he’ll think twice about opening his door to strangers late at night.

“Don’t open your door, particularly at night, without a loaded gun. Never will again,” he said.

Thayer says other than a bruise from the bat, no one was seriously hurt. He says he thinks the subjects knew him and kept referring to one another as “Bobby” and “Scotty,” but he’s not sure if those were their real names.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. If you have any information to help them, call them at 606-678-5145.

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