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  • Police say Betsy Cruz, 33, and Anthony Cruz, 35, of North York, participated in a home invasion in Windsor Twp.
  • The two were part of a group of people who police say stole from a residence.
  • The two remain in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

Two North York residents were unable to leave a Windsor Township home they had just broken into after one of them lost his car keys fighting with the resident, according to police.

York Area Regional Police said Anthony Kiel Cruz and and Betsy Amaryllys Cruz were joined by two other people when they broke into a house on Grim Hollow Road, Monday, Aug. 14.

Anthony Cruz, 35, and Betsy Cruz, 33, both of the first block of West Eighth Avenue in North York, are charged with robbery, burglary, criminal trespass and attempted simple assault, among other charges.

Anthony Cruz

Alleged burglary: Police were sent to the residence for a report of a burglary in progress about 10:30 a.m.

The resident told police that four people he knew had broken into his house while he was sleeping.

Police say they kicked in his basement door, then went into the upstairs portion of the home. Once inside, they shattered a mirror and a TV screen, documents state.

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The group took a knife, an axe and pepper spray upstairs, where police say they then pepper sprayed the resident in the face. They stole his phone, wallet, Playstation 4 and his keys, documents allege.

Betsy Cruz

Police said the group hit the outside breaker box with the axe, causing significant damage to the multiple breakers in the house. 

Additionally, it left the house without power, court documents state.

Couldn't leave: The intruders put the stolen items into a car, and two of them left in the vehicle, police said. Anthony Cruz and Betsy Cruz stayed behind, and police say Anthony Cruz tackled the resident and tried to keep him from getting away.

The resident escaped to a neighbor's home, where he was able to call 911.

The Cruzes couldn't leave because Anthony Cruz lost his car keys during the altercation with the resident, documents state.

Anthony Cruz and Betsy Cruz were arraigned on the charges that night. They both remain in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 each. It is not clear if either have an attorney.

Online court documents also do not indicate if the other two allegedly involved in the incident are facing charges.

The Cruzes' preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 28 at District Judge John Fishel's office.

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