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DeSoto County authorities are searching for one suspect and possibly another who are believed to be responsible for a home invasion Tuesday in a residence located along Pleasant Hill Road in Olive Branch.

A black male, described as tall and thin, clean-shaven and young, is accused of invading a 91-year-old man's home early Tuesday and absconding with cash and personal belongings.

The elderly victim told authorities that his ordeal began when the alleged robber kicked in the door to his home, located in the 2800 block of Pleasant Hill Road, around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Authorities said the victim stated the man who kicked in the door appeared to have a gun and demanded money.

The victim took out his wallet, which contained approximately $136, and handed it over to the robber.

The victim stated the man then ran into the bedroom searching for additional money, but ended up taking a pillow case and stuffing it full of his wife's jewelry.

The victim brandished a shotgun but could not locate ammunition in which to load and fire his weapon, according to authorities.

There were no injuries in the incident, according to authorities.

DeSoto County Sheriff's Department Inspector Roger Hutchins said only one robber is being sought in connection with the incident. It has been suggested or inferred that another individual drove a getaway car but Hutchins said Wednesday that has not been confirmed.

The alleged robber left in what looked to be a white, silver, or grey Jeep.

"The case remains under investigation," Hutchins said.

Anyone having information on the crime is urged to call Crimestoppers at 662-429-TIPS.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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