Four arrested in home invasion

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By Gayle Deaton

Four black males were in custody Tuesday following a home invasion gone awry.

Shelbyville police major Danny Goodwin said four black males armed with a handgun and wearing all black and red clothing kicked in a door to an apartment in the 100 block of Baker Drive Monday night.

One of the males, a juvenile, brandished the handgun and fired it inside the apartment, Goodwin said, before the four males stole an X-box 360 and fled the residence.

According to the police report, one of the residents of the apartment, 30-year-old Dominic Gambone, was home at the time of the robbery but was unharmed. The other residents were not at home at the time of the incident, Goodwin said.

When the robbery call was dispatched to police, Goodwin said officers observed four black males matching the clothing description near Bell Avenue and Spencer Court.

A foot pursuit ensued and the four males stripped off much of their clothing and discarded it as they fled, Goodwin said. The four also ditched the stolen X-box 360, a cell phone, and the .38 special Sport Arms of Florida handgun used in the robbery in an alley as they fled toward Indian Ridge Apartments, he said.

Police tracked their location to a particular area of the apartments where a bystander pointed out which apartment the four had entered. When police gained entry into the apartment, they discovered all four perpetrators as well as an additional .32 H&R Smith & Wesson revolver.

The three adults arrested and charged with first-degree robbery in the incident are: Tyrone Phillip Burton, 18; Terail Thompson, 21; and Tyrran Harris, 18; all of Shelbyville. The juvenile was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree wanton endangerment and taken to a juvenile detention facility.

Goodwin said the juveniles and young adults involved in recent home invasions with weapons need to realize the seriousness of the crime.

"Are you willing to die for an X-box 360, really?" Goodwin asked.