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ATLANTA -- Police are seeking information about a home invasion in southeast Atlanta.

Authorities say six masked men forced their way into a home on Morley Avenue on May 11.

Most of the suspects were dressed all in white and had their faces covered. One suspect tried to kick in the door but needed help from a second suspect who after two attempts, forced the door of the home on Morley Avenue open.

Six suspect then started to enter the home, four of them were carrying handguns, but suddenly stopped and eventually left without taking anything.

Police believe they might have been scared off when a female in the home tried to wake up her fiance. "She made it known that there were intruders inside the house and she advised him to grab a weapon," said Atlanta Police Officer Ralph Woolfolk. "At that point in time they left the location."

Craig Scholz, who lives across the street in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood, said he watched his neighbor's surveillance video. "It looked like they all had guns and they just ran as soon as he said something, so it could have gotten a lot worse, so I'm just happy everyone's okay," he said.

What makes things a bit more unsettling in the neighborhood is that ten days later an eerily similar crime happened on Pershing Avenue.

Eddie Duke said someone tried to break into his home and it seems like crime is picking up in the neighborhood. "It's been quiet for a long time now and it just seems like it's picking up again, which I hate," he said.

Duke has surveillance cameras on his house and he also has a gun. He showed the video to 11 Alive News and it showed a suspect dressed all in white walking up to his front door and peering inside. Moments later he came back with two more suspects and all three looked inside.

Eventually the suspect in white kicked the door three times, but it refused to budge and the suspects fled. By that time Duke and his partner woke up. "I heard I think the last kick and Chris saying 'get up and get the gun' and so we both ran to the front window and saw the car pulling away," he said.

Atlanta police said it was too early to say whether the two cased are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS(8477). A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to arrests.

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