Six people broke into a house and stole a television and laptop in Valley City Friday while the owner of the property hid and called police, according to the Valley City Police Department.

The Valley City Police Department responded to a call regarding a break-in at 9:46 p.m. Friday at 136 8th Ave. SE.

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When they arrived, police talked to the victim, Philip Chirchir, 42, who said there was a knock on the door while he was watching television. Chirchir said he could see the individual through the glass and didn't recognize him. He said there was a black male at the door with four other black males and one black female, and Chirchir didn't recognize them either.

The first man requested entry into the home to "party."

Chirchir refused to let the group in, and then one of the men showed a handgun while the first man started banging heavily on the front door. Chirchir retreated to the bathroom to call 911 and stayed there while he heard the suspects break the front door and enter his home.

They took his 32-inch flat screen television and a laptop computer when they left.

Chirchir stayed in the bathroom until he heard the suspects leave, and then exited his residence, observing the suspects leaving in a small, four-door sedan, metallic silver in color.

Anyone with information about the crime should call the Valley City Police Department at 701-845-3110.