State police are looking for suspects after two people are tied up during a home invasion. It happened last night on Highway 2036 in the Letcher community of Letcher County.
The incident affected a nearby school.
State police say three people in masks forced their way into this home armed with a rifle. After tying up a man and a woman, police say the trio left with prescription pills, cash and a cell phone. It's a crime that's on the rise.
"The economy is a little tough right now, seems like we've noticed an increase in these home invasions and robberies," said Trooper Tony Watts.
But some neighbors do not believe they are in danger.
"I feel safe because I've been here 48 years and that's the first time that ever happened," said Bertha Howard.
Staff at nearby Letcher Elementary School did not want to take any chances. Principal Carolyn Spangler issued a high alert after hearing the suspects were on the loose.
"Prevention is what we're about and as the principal you're responsible for the entire building," said Spangler.
Although students were kept off of the playground, school officials say high alert status is different than a lockdown. The principal notified staff of what had happened overnight and asked them to keep an eye out for any suspicious person on school grounds.
"I hope that parents of this community feel safer that we take every precaution possible," added Spangler.
Spangler says because it's better to be safe than sorry.
The victims were not seriously hurt during the robbery. School officials say the high alert status is no longer in effect.