Police seeking men who stole Purple Heart in Leicester

LEICESTER, Mass. (WHDH) — Police released a sketch hoping to catch one of the suspects in an armed home invasion on Sunday night that resulted in the theft of a Purple Heart.

Police say, the victims were awoken by two men, one who was armed with a handgun.

The three residents of the home were held at gunpoint as their hands were tied and their mouths were taped.

"The bad guys, call them what they are, knew exactly where to go into the house for what they were looking for,” Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said.

The stolen purple heart was given to the father of one of the victim for his service in the Pacific theater during WWII. Besides the Purple Heart, the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and some jewelry.

The suspects got away in a vehicle likely operated by a third person.

The second suspect (the one not shown in the sketch) is a tall white male with a muscular build.

The Leicester Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of either one or all the suspects responsible. They've also said who ever has the Purple Heart in their possession can send it in the the police station no questions asked.

Anyone with information pertaining to the armed home invasion can contact the Leicester Police Department Crime Tip Hotline at (508) 892-7010 and hit option #7 to leave a crime tip.