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ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating the latest in a string of brazen home invasions. Early Sunday morning, two suspects robbed a couple at their home on Blackland Rd. in Buckhead.

According to police, one of the victims was in his garage when the criminals hit, forcing him inside at gunpoint and awakening his sleeping girlfriend.

"These two individuals snuck up on him, took him in the house, awakened his girlfriend, threw them in a closet, threatened their lives while they ransacked the house," said Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon.

Police said at least one of the victims was assaulted; both were left in the closet and told to count to 300 before coming out.

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Investigators are now trying to determine whether this latest crime is connected to three recent home invasions, all with a similar sequence of events: thieves breaking into homes while families are still inside, holding couples, and sometimes young children, at gunpoint.

Three of the incidents happened in Buckhead: on January 31st, thieves hit a home on Randall Mill Rd. The second incident, also in Buckhead, happened on Paces Ridge Rd. in May.

Last Thursday, thieves entered a Roswell home, again threatening the couple inside.

But unlike the first three, suspects in this recent invasion did not force the homeowners to drive to an ATM to withdraw cash.

"Maybe, for whatever reason, they didn't want to risk it. Maybe it's a different group," Lyon said.

Police have said the January and May incidents are related; Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward in those cases.

Officials have released a description of the suspects in the first three cases: two black men, one tall and slim with short dreadlocks, the other stocky and clean-shaven with a mohawk. Investigators are now working to determine if these latest suspects match that same description.

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