Image: Home where 5 bodies found
Jeff Roberts  /  The Birmingham News via AP
Five bodies were found inside this home in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday.
updated 1/30/2012 12:13:50 PM ET 2012-01-30T17:13:50

Police in Alabama say they have arrested three suspects in the deaths of five people whose bodies were found by officers investigating a possible robbery.

Investigators arrested the three Sunday night, less than a day after the five were found shot to death in the rental home, Birmingham police said in a statement.

Police said the suspects have been interviewed by detectives and are being held in the Birmingham City Jail as the investigation continues. Police have not said what charges are being filed.

Authorities haven't released the names of the three people who were taken into custody or the five people who were killed.

'State of shock'
Brenda Houston, who lives across the street from the west Birmingham house where the bodies were found, said the house had been rented for about a year and a half by a woman in her late 40s and her son and brothers.

"They would speak to us, and that's all we knew," she said. "We didn't know their names but they were always friendly."

Houston, 64, said her street was a quiet one filled with older residents who were friendly with each other. She said there was a constant stream of visitors coming in and out of the home, but that the residents never seemed to cause any disturbances.

"Most people are in a state of shock. They never had any trouble over there," Houston said. "I never seen the police over there. This was really strange that this happened. It wasn't like they were real rowdy."

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