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Terrorized family uses technology to track thieves

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A family terrorized by armed robbers inside their Kansas City home used technology to possibly help police catch the criminals that targeted them. A family terrorized by armed robbers inside their Kansas City home used technology to possibly help police catch the criminals that targeted them.
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A family terrorized by armed robbers inside their Kansas City home used technology to possibly help police catch the criminals that targeted them.

Like many people, the victims had their email accounts linked to their cell phones.

They used that and their own cell phone records to find texts from the thieves talking about the robbery on their stolen cell phone and much more.

Even though Harold Molden gave four armed robbers everything they asked for on March 22, they nearly took his life in front of his wife and three children, including their infant son.

"One of them had a shotgun in my face. The other one had a revolver," he said.

The criminals stole an Xbox 360, two cell phones and the family's two vehicles from their home in the 8600 block of East 110th Street.

According to court records, the victims discovered the thieves not only used the stolen phone to text about the crime, but one accused thief linked his Facebook account to the stolen phone.

Investigators got a search warrant to look through that Facebook account for digital evidence that could soon lead to an arrest.

The suspect posted pictures on his Facebook page holding stacks of cash. In several pictures, the suspect poses like he is holding a gun.

"I told these guys they could have what they wanted. They still tried to kill me. They tried to kill me in front of my family," Molden said.

According to court documents, one of the suspects edited the contact list on one of the stolen phones and added his mother's phone number under the name "mom."

Court documents also show that another family member of the same suspect pawned the Moldens' stolen Xbox 360.

Considering the age of the suspects, KCTV5 News asked police if charges will be filed in Jackson County or if the case will be submitted to the juvenile division. We are waiting to hear back.

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