"One of them made a reference to an employee of mine, stating that she told them I had money here," Deemer said.
Deemer has a kennel on his property and has students from Eastern Kentucky University who frequently come out to help him tend to the animals. He also has had workers in and out of his house for renovation work.
"But the person they said told them I had money is a longtime employee of mine. The police interviewed her and she has no idea who they were and she's terribly upset," Deemer said.
Deemer said one of the masked intruders started to go upstairs.
"I told him to get down from there, 'my wife is up there and you'll scare the hell out of her,'" Deemer said.
Intruders appeared to be in late teens, early 20s
The intruders were obviously younger, Deemer said, appearing to be in their late teens or early 20s, and one seemed to be the more dominant figure.
"The quiet one - the one that held the shotgun - let the gun drop a couple of times when I walked toward him. The other one would yell at him to keep the gun up and direct him to do things with motions. He seemed to be in control at all times," Deemer said. He also noticed that one carried a knife and duct tape.
"When they left, it did seem like they knew what they were doing. They went right out the front door after unlocking the bolt," Deemer said.
The two intruders left empty-handed and headed back in the direction of the kennel, but the doors were locked.
"They had been hiding in the kennel that morning. When my employee arrived around 9:15 a.m. or so, they tied her hands behind her back and made her get down on the floor," Deemer said, adding that she had gotten loose after they left the kennel the first time, immediately locked the doors, and was sitting with one of his large Irish Wolfhounds. The employee made her way to the house when she saw the two intruders had left the property, and Deemer said she was frantic.
There's no way to know for sure, Deemer said, since they wore masks, but he has the impression that they were kids.
"The quiet one wouldn't look at me or my wife in the face. The one that was in control did," Deemer said.
They seemed to know a lot about his house
Aside from being young, Deemer said they seemed to know a lot about the inside of his house as well as the kennel.
"We've done a lot of renovations since it's an old house, so we've had many coming in and out at all times, and I feel like he's one of the ones that worked for me in the past that I just didn't know as well as the others," Deemer said.
The suspects are described as white males in their early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches in height with thin builds.
Trooper Chris Lanham of the Kentucky State Police could give no updates about the incident or the identity of the two suspects.