Elderly woman distracted by suspects, robbed of $2,000

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A 91-year-old woman was robbed by two men who distracted her at her home.

It  happened just after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 1500 N block of County Road 850 East, near Mill Creek.

The elderly woman answered a knock at the door and began speaking with a black male that was asking about trimming tree branches on her property for free, according to a news release from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

During the conversation, the victim told police approximately $2,000.00 in half-dollars had been taken from the home.

The victim’s brother-in-law had been approached by the same suspects asking about a trailer for sale and then claimed to be lost and began asking for directions to State Road 2. When that homeowner, who also resides on County Road 850 East, saw the suspects head in the opposite direction of State Road 2 he became concerned for his sister-in-law, the news release stated.

He told deputies that he took a handgun and headed to his sister-in-law’s home where he found the suspect’s vehicle parked.  When he went into the home he observed one of the suspects in the living room, running from the home.  As he chased the suspect outside of the home he saw a second suspect running toward their vehicle. He pointed his firearm at the suspects and ordered them to stop however they took off, the news release stated.

The elderly woman was not harmed.

One of the suspects was described as “clean cut” Hispanic or black male with a lot of tattoos. The second suspect was described as a black male wearing a black shirt and black pants. The suspect vehicle was described as a silver Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows and Illinois license plates. The vehicle was last seen traveling east on County Road 150 N from County Road 850 E.

Sheriff’s detectives are looking into the possibility that similar incidents have occurred in St. Joseph County.

Detectives are asking that anyone else who may have been approached by the suspects or may have video surveillance at their homes to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (219) 326-7700.

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