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Pair steal Durham woman's life savings

Posted June 7, 2011

— Police were searching Tuesday for two men who stole the life savings of a 91-year-old woman.

The woman told investigators that a man came to the door of her home on Ashe Street on Monday and said he needed to take measurements in her living room and kitchen. The woman let him in because she had recently had some home renovations done and believed he was there to do additional work, police said.

The man distracted her for several minutes by asking her to help him, and investigators said they believe a second man went inside during that time to rob the home. The woman later discovered that a large amount of cash and her Social Security card were missing from her purse, police said.

One man was described as white with a tanned complexion, in his 50s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a heavy build. He was described as having a very large nose and was wearing older-style black frame glasses and a white fishing hat.

The second man was described as a tall, slender white man in his 40s, with gray hair in a flattop haircut.

The men were in driving a new black vehicle similar to a Dodge Dakota with chrome rims, a chrome tailgate and "TOSS" written in red on a fender. The vehicle might have had several large antennas.

Anyone with information about the case or similar incidents is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4281, extension 29121, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • ncguy Jun 8, 2011

    pretty good memory for a 91 year old with a good description of the vehicle too.


  • sammyg Jun 8, 2011

    This lady sounds very sharp and was able to fully describe the men and the truck. Me thinks their free time is about to come to an end!

  • Bartmeister Jun 8, 2011

    Why bang on the older lady? Years ago, that's how people kept their money......... real close and at home. Not her fault that a couple of criminals took it. Hate hearing this.

  • One Good Dad Jun 7, 2011

    Really Dumb to keep your life savings in your purse

  • TeresaBee Jun 7, 2011

    Out of all the news I read today this has me so angry I am shaking. How dare they!! How dare they!!

  • superman Jun 7, 2011

    Excellent writing. Headline says they stole her life's savings and then failed to mention how much they took. Guess we will have to log in tomorrow for the answer to that question. If they didnt know how much was taken-- perhaps a different headline would have been used

  • solarflare40 Jun 7, 2011

    although, sadly, my life saving could fit in my wallet!

  • solarflare40 Jun 7, 2011

    OMG! She kept her life savings in her purse???

  • MizzZeta Jun 7, 2011

    She carries her life savings in her purse?

  • solarflare40 Jun 7, 2011

    she was 91 - there couldn't have been that much left in her life savings