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Elderly woman robbed in her own driveway

Monday, December 1, 2008

After returning home from a shopping trip Monday afternoon, an unidentified elderly woman was robbed of her purse and groceries in the driveway of her Brazil home.

Due to the ongoing investigation, officials are not releasing some details at this time.

However, Captain Terry Harrison spoke with The Brazil Times about the unusual crime.

"The victim noticed two men in a 4-door bronze-colored vehicle appearing at various places she was at around town and then again while she was going home," Harrison said. "Although it was suspicious, she said she didn't think anything about it."

When the victim got home, the suspects allegedly parked their vehicle behind the victim's car in her driveway just off the alley and one man got out.

According to the report, he approached the victim while she was walking toward her home located in the 600-block area of South Alabama Street.

"He offered to help take the victim's groceries inside," Harrison said. "She said when he grabbed the grocery bag, he also took her purse and ran back to the bronze vehicle. The two suspects drove off down the alley heading north."

Because everything happened so quickly, the victim was unable to identify the make and model of the suspects' vehicle and had some trouble identifying the suspects.

"The suspect apparently tried to hide his face with his jacket," Harrison said. "But the victim did notice he had short brown hair."

If captured, Harrison said the suspects could face potential theft and criminal trespass charges.

No weapon was used or physical threats were reported during the incident. No injuries were reported, but Harrison said the victim was upset by the incident.

"The victim was probably targeted by the suspects because she was alone and elderly," Harrison said. "It's sad, times are tough and crimes like this pick up during this time of the year. Everyone needs to have a heightened awareness and pay more attention to their surroundings."

Harrison offered some safety tips if a person feels a stranger is following them.

"If you think someone is following you, don't stop the car or go home," he said. "Use your cell phone to call the police and drive to a populated area, or better yet the police department."

If a stranger follows a person home, Harrison provided more safety tips.

"Stay inside the car, lock the doors and use a cell phone to call for help," Harrison said. "Also bring attention to the situation by hitting the horn or car alarm."

Due to the bold nature of the suspects confronting someone in broad daylight, Harrison said the department was asking the public to get involved with the case

"This happened in a highly populated residential area and maybe someone saw something at the time of the incident," Harrison said. "Maybe someone saw the vehicle in the area or around town."

To report information about this crime, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

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BPD ~ Find these guys before they target another elderly person ~ big bad tough guys picking on an old lady ~ what low lifes ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 8:53 AM

It is unbelieveable that people can be so selfish and crude in behavior! What kind of world do we live in if you can't trust someone offering to help you. Lock them up and throw away the key!

-- Posted by dana67 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 10:12 AM


-- Posted by usedtoliveinbrazil on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 11:03 AM

Harrison said the suspects could face potential theft and criminal trespass charges.

Could face these charges?? More like better face these charges, this is ridiculous. Broad day light too. What is wrong with people today? This Christmas season has really started off bad, and unfortunately will probably get worst. On black friday one guy stomped to death opening a Walmart, a pregnant woman stomped on at a store, and two guys shoot each other and die at another store. All this to celebrate the Birth of Christ? Tell me we haven't forgot what Christmas is all about. Yet we condem other countries for the lack of respect for life?? Hmm don't look like we're too much different anymore.

-- Posted by doc69 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 11:34 AM

Time to get out and book 'em Dano!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 11:44 AM

Sassy, Sassy, Sassy ~

Didn't we decide on Book 'em Davo????

Hope these creeps get caught really quick & are locked up for Christmas ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 12:11 PM

I bet they feel like real men stealing from an old lady. It's like stealing candy from a baby- they are cowards!!! It hasn't been too long ago that someone robbed an old man during the day there. what is wrong with people? It's ashame that these elderly people have to spend the remainder of their days scared because of some stupiod idioit. I hope if they do get the person and it's the right person they lock them up for a long time and someone beats them up and robs their communsary

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 1:13 PM

Sorry Kare

Book 'em Davo!!! ;>

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 1:47 PM

My prayers to the victim ,,,but this doesn't replace her groceries or her security. This is really pathtic. Stalked. assulted, and robbed. And such a "real man" he had to have a sidekick. Christmas lost it's true meaning years ago and when you think it cannot get any worse your are proven wrong. As for the Black Friday...never again will I blacken the doorstep for an early sale. Two years ago I had an earring knocked out of my ear and last year I was hit with a cart and my finger sliced open. Not even an I'm sorry from the person who hit me (in too big of a hurry). Walmart paid for the stitches but I carry the scar. Christmas(just like the Bridge Festival) has lost the traditions it stands for.

-- Posted by levr.gar on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 2:45 PM

Terry knows this. In fact, all of law enforcement in this county knows this.

We are sick of it.

-- Posted by brono921 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 4:03 PM

Ditto. I would have a hard time doing my job to its full potential as a police officer around here if I knew that everyone I arrested was going to get a slap on the wrists and let go again anyway. Why not just save the time, paperwork and money and just not even arrest them.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 2:10 PM

So pro se you have a point because why would a police officer in this county even do a thing with taking crime off the streets when they know as soon as the dirtbag steps into court will plead down to a lesser crime. I would not even waste my time arresting a single person because our court system will just let them go with a slap on the wrist.

-- Posted by srdd on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 5:58 PM

Brono921 ~

Please explain why Prosecutor Reberger is such a horrible prosecutor ~ your constant negative comments would have folks wondering if you'll be running against him in the next election ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 10:23 PM

brono921 ~

If your last comment(Didn't think so.) was directed at me (which I'm sure that it was) here's a news flash for you ~ not everyone sits eagerly by their computer monitoring the Times site ~ FYI ~ buried my husband's best friend this week ~ just a little bit busy ~ feel good about yourself & your precious comments, now? Your argumentative & agressive comments aren't real important to me ~ sorry to burst your little bubble ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 7:52 AM

(Steps in and hoses the posting board down .. WOW! What a urinating contest!)

Back to the topic .. (try to stay focused) I am sure that the "could face criminal charges" comment is based on "innocent until proven guilty" and not on the opinion of Lee Reberger as prosecutor. Try as I might .. I could not BEGIN to assume or read anymore to this story than what was written.

Good thing my opinion is free (and not asked for, as are yours ; ) .. but please .. continue hosing the place down you two. (smiles to self)

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 12:47 PM

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