VINELAND — Police continue to search for two men who robbed a city resident during what officials described as a home invasion Wednesday.

At least one of the men had a handgun and forced the victim to lie face down on a bedroom floor while items were removed from the residence, police said.

The victim, a woman who lives in a house in the 500 block of North West Avenue, was not injured, they said. Police did not identify the woman.

The men knocked on the woman’s locked front door about 11:20 a.m. and asked for Jose. The men continued to knock on the door after being told that Jose did not live in the house, police said.

The woman opened the door because she thought the men did not know what she was saying. One of the men then pointed a handgun at the woman and forced her into a bedroom, police said.

The men took a handbag, small lock box containing cash, a DVD player, cell phone and other items of value from the house while the woman was on the floor. The men, who did not conceal their faces, fled the house several minutes later, leaving in what a witness described as a small red vehicle with Pennsylvania license plates, police said.

Police described one robber as a medium-built, clean-shaven Hispanic man about 6-feet tall, 30 years old and wearing a black knit cap and black zip-up jacket. They described the other robber as a Hispanic man about 5-feet 4-inches tall with a thin build and wearing a black knit hat and red sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Detective Anthony Ruberti at the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111. Anonymous information can also be given at

Crime Stoppers of Vineland is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbers.

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