Spring Lake, N.C. — A 71-year-old Spring Lake woman escaped injury after a man busted into her home, held a knife to her throat and robbed her of $700 in cash.
Heide Wolfe was sleeping on her couch Wednesday when a man broke into her home through a bathroom window, placed his hand over her mouth and a knife to her throat, she recalled.
“Next thing, I woke up, I had a hand covering my mouth. I was so peaceful,” Wolfe said. “I didn't scream, (it) wouldn't do me no good. I was in a daze, you know. God was with me because you just don't have that peace.”
Wolfe said it was not the first time her home has been broken into, but it was the first time while she was home. The $700 was the retired bus driver's monthly Social Security payment.
Wolfe said she has forgiven the person responsible but still plans on moving from her Spring Lake home soon.
“I forgave him and I hope and pray he will never ever do that again and he has a conscious because this is not the way to live,” Wolfe said. “There's an old saying, what goes around comes around. You may get away with it for a while, but sooner or later, you will pay for it one way or another.”
The intruder told Wolfe that he was committing the crime for his family.
“He just said, ‘I got to feed my kids. I got to feed my children,’” Wolfe said.
Since the break-in, neighbors have stepped up to help, with one neighbor even placing his two dogs in Wolfe's backyard to deter the crook from striking again.
Investigators in Cumberland County say they are working a few leads, but so far no arrest has been made.