WEST COVINA — Two robbers posing as solicitors forced their way into the home of a 90-year-old man last week and stole items including jewelry that belonged to the man’s deceased wife, authorities said.
The crime took place Thursday at a home in the 400 block of South Mesita Place, however the victim did not report it until Tuesday after family members convinced him to do so, West Covina police officials said.
The elderly victim answered a knock at his door about 1:10 p.m., Lt. Marty Sevilla said. He encountered two men — one of about 60 years old and one of about 30 years old — who had a clipboard with them and believed them to be solicitors.
“The men forced their way in by pushing the elderly man onto a chair,” Sevilla said. ”The older male remained with the victim while the other man ransacked the home, taking jewelry belonging the victim’s deceased wife and cash.”
The robbers were inside the man’s home for about five minutes before running off, the lieutenant said. The homeowner was not hurt.
Police described the older suspect as white, about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and heavyset. The younger robber was white, five feet 6 inches to five feet 8 inches tall and of thin build.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Covina police at 626-939-8557, or tips can be left anonymously on the department’s 24-hour tip line at 626-939-8688.