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.