The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2, 2013

Burglar surprises Joplin residents; no injuries cited

— A burglar surprised two Joplin residents as they returned home Wednesday night and forced them into a bedroom closet at gunpoint, police said.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said Phragrighphet Khomta, 45, was grabbed by a man with a gun as he entered his home on South Connecticut Avenue. Niess said the burglar forced him into a bedroom closet and told him to be quiet.

Pennapa Krulik, 34, came into the house just minutes later and received the same treatment from the armed intruder. The burglar then went through the residence looking for valuables before leaving with cash and a cellphone belonging to the occupants. Niess said Krulik and Khomta were not harmed.

The crime remained under investigation Thursday without an arrest having been made.