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Victim of home invasion in Reading: 'They've taken my soul'

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 09 2013 04:01:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2013 04:44:55 PM CDT

A Reading woman experienced some scary moments when three men with guns burst into her home and ransacked the place.

READING, Pa. -

A Reading woman experienced some scary moments when three men with guns burst into her home and ransacked the place.

The home invasion has left the homeowner in fear. She was not physically hurt, but the men made off with electronics and jewelry, said police.

"I felt like it was not real," said Katie, whose nerves were left rattled and her sense of security shattered. "They've taken my soul and I can't ever get that back."

Katie still has problems communicating and suffered memory loss after a car accident 35 years ago. She was hit by a car at the age of 13.

Now, she's filled with fear after three men, armed with guns, stormed into her home and demanded drugs and money.

"I have no drugs. I have no money. I have nothing," Katie said.

Accroding to Katie, she was sitting in a chair outside her home. When she got up to go inside, the men burst in behind her, held a gun to her head, then ransacked the place and ripped open drawers and threw clothes.

It happened around 2:45 a.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Cotton Street, said police.

"I definitely don't like it. There's too much stuff happening all over town, and it's hard to be safe," said Thomas Drey, who lives on the same street.

Neighbors said they were not necessarily shocked it happened on Cotton Street, but they were surprised who it happened to.

"She's actually one of the nicest tenants on this block. She's always looking out for her neighbors. She's very nice, a very nice lady," said Edwin Gaul, who lives two houses down.

According to Katie, the three men threatened to come back, but she was too scared to leave because of her animals.

"This is my house," said Katie. I have my dog and my cats. Whose going to protect them?"

Police have little to go on, but they're working to gather more information.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.