Information from the WSB-TV was used in this report
Atlanta police are working to see if an armed robbery at a business is related to the home invasion of elderly couple in southwest Atlanta.
The business owner says five gunmen ambushed him at his store on White Street Monday night. He says he was tied-up and pistol-whipped. The thieves trashed his store and took his money.
The robbery happened about three miles from where Milton and Melba Seals were held at gunpoint last week.
Because of the two crimes Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin says he's asking again for APD to increase patrols in that area.
“Unfortunately it takes something to happen to get extra attention,” Martin told News/Talk WSB.
Seven gunmen forced their way into the Seals’ home and took cash and jewelry. At least one of the suspects had a shotgun.
Milton Seals, 80, said he was at his Lynhurst Drive home with his wife and 6-year-old grandson early Tuesday morning when the men came in through a window.
Seals, an Army veteran, said the men surrounded him in his bedroom, pushed him around and demanded cash until he turned over $700 in cash. The men also took their TV, but left it outside the home. Two jewelry boxes containing approximately $40,000 in valuables were also taken.
Seals’ wife, Melba, was in the bathroom at the time. She said a man wearing red sweatpants and holding a pink gun came in and told her not to come out, or they would shoot her.
"What would make people rob older people, what would make people do this? Is that all they have to do? They should get jobs," Melba Seals said.