By Sam Walker on September 24, 2013
Investigators say that up to four men planned a home invasion in Currituck County last week that targeted a safe in an elderly woman’s residence.
Sheriff Susan Johnson said two men broke into the back window of the home on Mallard Court in the Waterview Shores neighborhood in Grandy around 1 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.
Johnson said the burglars, one armed with a handgun, appear to have known exactly what they wanted.
“This was not random . . . they were after the contents of a large safe in the house,” Johnson said.
“The woman was so shaken at the time, she couldn’t remember the combination of the safe.”
The men tried unsuccessfully to cut into it, then failed to move the 400-pound safe with a dolly.
Johnson said it’s believed at least two accomplices waited outside as a lookouts.
“They were probably in the home for a little over two hours, and she convinced them that if they didn’t hurt her she would get them some money from the bank,” the next morning, Johnson.
The next morning, the woman attempted to withdraw a large sum of cash from a nearby bank. Suspicious tellers alerted the sheriff’s office.
The suspects were white males, wearing masks, heavy coats and gloves, according to Johnson.
“One appeared to be about 5 feet 11 inches tall, the other was between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 4 inches tall,” Johnson said.
Johnson added that one appeared to be thinner than the other, but the woman was not sure because of the coats they were wearing.
The men told the victim to leave the money by a dumpster between the Food Lion and Family Dollar at the Currituck Commons Shopping Center.
“Anyone who may have seen someone sitting in a vehicle between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m on Thursday (Sept. 19) should contact our department at 252.453.8204,” Johnson said.
Deputies staked out the location for several hours after they were alerted to the incident, but saw no one approach the dumpsters, according to Johnson.