Woman’s face covered during burglary

Staff report


Intruders ordered a 70-year-old woman to lie on the floor and covered her face with a blanket after breaking into a Fairway Drive home late Thursday.

The woman, whom Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene described as a live-in housekeeper at the home, was lying on a couch in a basement when at least two men came in.

“They were asking for guns and money,” he said.

The sheriff’s department report said one of the men had the woman lie down on the floor, placing a stuffed animal behind her head. Initially, the man covered her eyes with his hand, but then covered her face with a blanket. The victim told police the men spoke a foreign language.

They told her they were federal agents who were looking for stolen property and asked her about the location of “the old man in the van,” according to the report.

After ransacking the upstairs of the home, the men told the woman to remain on the floor for five minutes. When they left, she fled to a nearby home for help. A neighbor told sheriff’s deputy that he saw people get into a van that was parked in the driveway of the home, but he couldn’t provide a description of the vehicle or the people.

Because the homeowner wasn’t there, it’s undetermined what, if anything, was taken. The woman told sheriff’s deputies that the homeowner doesn’t live there.

Greene said the woman was scared but not injured.

“They pried the front door open” to enter the home, he said. “She thought she had left the door unlocked, but there were pry marks on the front door.”

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