Two men ordered an elderly woman to the floor during a home-invasion late Wednesday night and fled with $500 and jewelry, authorities said.
One carried a foot-long metal pipe.
Sgt. Pete Shupe of the sheriff’s San Dimas station said the 82-year-old resident wasn’t injured during the home invasion robbery in the 18600 block of Mauna Loa Avenue, in an unincorporated county area near Azusa.
Around 7 p.m., he said the resident was at home when two men entered through a window. They ordered her to lie on the ground facedown and not move, Shupe said.
Though unharmed, the elderly victim was “traumatized” by the encounter, Lt. Andy Berg said.
He said the robbers ransacked the place and left with the cash and jewelry. They were last seen in a newer model 4-door silver or gold Infiniti sedan driven by a third suspect.
The two robbers were described as Latinos, 17 to 18. There was no description available for the getaway driver.
“She couldn’t give us much more (description) than that, because they ordered her to not look at them,” Berg said.
Berg said the men first knocked on the woman’s door before coming through the window, but she did not answer. The crooks likely did not realize the home was occupied when the entered.
Detectives were looking into the possibility that the same intruders were responsible for another break-in the same day at a vacant home about four blocks away in the 19000 block of Mauna Loa Avenue, Berg said.
The burglary took place between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday, however investigators believed it likely occurred prior to the 7 p.m. home-invasion, the lieutenant said. A door was kicked open, however nothing was found stolen from the house, which was empty.
Though a concrete link between the two crimes had not been established, the proximity and time frame of the break-ins led authorities to suspect they were related, Berg added.
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