Men rob 85-year-old woman

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More than $5,000 in items, cash, medication taken from Grace Avenue home

By Chris Sardelli

Investigators are searching for at least two men who forced their way into an 85-year-old woman’s home, snatched a medical alert pendant from her neck and robbed her of more than $5,000 in items on Monday, Feb. 3.

Deputies responded to the reported burglary just before 5 p.m. at a Grace Avenue home, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The victim spoke with deputies at the scene and said two unknown men came inside her home through an unlocked storm door.

She said the pair included a man who was between 60 and 65 years old, and another man who was between 30 and 40 years old.

The older man told the victim they were doing survey work around the area and they had taken some of her land, the report said. They told her they owed her some money, but needed change.

When the woman returned with a wallet filled with money, the older man grabbed it out of her hand, the report said.

“(The victim) stated that they also took her cordless home telephone and snatched her Lifeline pendant from around her neck,” a deputy wrote in the report.

The men then left her home and drove away in an older model, tan-colored truck, the victim reported. She also recalled seeing them drive toward Memorial Park Road.

As soon as the men were gone, the victim called her son, who then called 911.

A crime scene investigation unit from the sheriff’s office responded to the scene, and deputies issued a “Be on the lookout” (BOLO) alert, for the truck.

Other than grabbing the pendant from her neck, the victim was not harmed during the robbery, the report said.

The victim later noticed a bottle of prescription medicine was missing from her home and said the men may have stolen it when she left the room to get her wallet.

After taking an inventory of the home, investigators determined that an estimated $5,612 in cash, personal items, medication, electronics and jewelry were stolen from the home, the report said.

The men, both white, were wearing similar clothing during the robbery, the report said. The older man is described as having a heavy build and wearing work gloves and a baseball hat, while the younger man had a smaller build and was seen wearing a blue shirt, baseball hat and blue jeans, the report said.

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Thursday, Feb. 6, that investigators are working on several leads in the case, and were searching for the robbers’ pickup, though he could not elaborate on the specifics of the search.

“This is still under investigation and we’re actively looking for persons of interest in this case,” Faile said.

If you know anything about the robbery, please contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line at (803) 283-4136.


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416