From staff reports
A reported home-invasion robbery early Tuesday in northeast Joplin remained under investigation late in the day without any arrests having been made.
A woman told police that someone rang the doorbell of her home on East Vestavia Drive about 12:10 a.m., but there was no one there, according to police Cpl. Chuck Niess. She then heard a loud crash at the back of the house, and a man dressed in black, wearing a ski mask over his face and carrying a silver handgun, entered the house through the sliding glass door that he had broken, Niess said.
The armed intruder demanded money from the woman and went through two of her purses before leaving with her checkbook and a cellphone, Niess said.