In Cleveland Heights, Ohio, an unsuspecting grandmother was targted by three armed robbers who posed as delivery men, who tricked her with what seemed to be an innocent delivery of flowers and balloons.
The group timed their attack well, choosing right before Mother’s Day to schedule their attack.
That made the 58-year old grandmother even more likely to open the door, thinking that she was getting a gift for the upcoming holiday.
When she opened the door, the men forced their way into her apartment, with her brief struggle not being enough to stop them. At least two of the men were armed with guns, and one of them even had a rifle.
Once the robbers gained entry to her home, they took their time in the house picking through her valuables, knowing that the old woman was defenseless. They took anything they could possibly steal, staying at her place for about a half hour.
The grandmother had told them where her wallet and purse work, but that wasn’t enough.
According to the police report, the one robber watching the grandmother and the infant on the first floor told her, “the two robbers (upstairs) is (sic) more crazy, so just do what they say…don’t make no stupid moves.” “What’s concerning to me as someone whose lived her for twenty years,” says neighbor Lois Powell, “is that it’s been safe here, pretty much.” Fortunately, the grandmother and the baby were unhurt. Neighbors expressed relief at that news, and hoped that people who might know something might come forward. “None of us is immune to random violence,” Joyner said. Anyone with any information on the robbery should contact Cleveland Heights police.