South Pasadena woman bound during home invasion robbery

SOUTH PASADENA — Two men tied up and robbed a woman who arrived home Friday afternoon, interrupting a burglary, police said.
The victim, a woman estimated to be in her late-40s, arrived home about 6:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of Camino Lindo, near Flores De Oro, South Pasadena police Cpl. Matthew Ronnie said. Unbeknownst to her, two intruders had forced their way into her home by smashing a rear sliding glass door.
One of the men was armed with a knife, and they made mention of a gun, though the victim did not see it, he said.
The men ordered the woman to open a floor safe inside the home, the corporal said. “She couldn’t remember the combination due to stress. They tied her up and shoved her in the bathroom.”
The woman’s hands were bound with a pillowcase, Ronnie said. The men also stole the woman’s wedding ring from her finger.
“They told her since she was cooperating, they wouldn’t kill her,” he added.
While the woman was bound in the bathroom, the intruders forced the safe out of the floor and left, Ronnie said. The safe contained an unknown amount of jewelry.
Once the robbers had fled, the woman freed herself and called police.
The terrified woman was not injured in the incident, Ronnie said.
The robbers were initially described only as two black men of average height, both wearing dark clothing and black leather gloves.
Anyone with information can reach South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.

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