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Plenty of questions in Teaneck home invasion

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : The more answers they get, the more questions Teaneck police have about a home invasion in which one of the victims was singed by an air gun pellet.

The Churchill Road resident told police he had a friend from town over when they both heard noises coming from the basement. When they went to check, he said, they were confronted by two men.

As they fought, one of the intruders fired a pellet gun, with fragments hitting one of the victims. The pair then fled in a dark SUV.

The “Air Soft” pellet gun was left behind, but police made a more interesting find — an unspent .22-caliber bullet, “which leads us to believe there was another handgun in play during the home invasion,” said Detective Capt. Dean B. Kazinci.

The intruders had come looking for something in one of two second-floor bedrooms, Kazinci said. He wouldn’t say whether that was cash or drugs or both.

However, the Narcotics Unit of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and drug-detecting dogs were both summoned to the scene, although with the evidence-gathering officers from the county sheriff’s department.

Kazinci’s detectives are waiting to interview three other people who live in the house. They’ve been out of state, he said.

The two victims, ages 20 and 22, met responding officers on the street outside their house after one called police on his cellphone following the incident shortly after midnight Saturday, the captain said.

first reported the home invasion Saturday ( Gun-wielding bandits invade Teaneck home ), with an update Sunday ( Shot fired in Teaneck home invasion ). Reports didn’t begin appearing elsewhere until late Monday afternoon.

Teaneck Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 dollars for any information that leads to the identity and arrest of the robbers. Call: 201-833-4222.

Meanwhile, Teaneck police ask anyone who “observed suspicious activity or a vehicle fitting [the] description” of a black Honda Ridgeline or Chevy Avalanche to call detectives at 201-837-2565.

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