Police: Suspects stole elderly woman's life savings

DURHAM The 91-year-old victim told officers she answered a knock on her door Monday and a man told her he was there to take measurements in her living room and kitchen.

The woman told police that she had recently had some renovations done on her house on Ashe Street and believed the man was there to do additional work, so she let him in.

The man allegedly distracted the woman for several minutes by asking her to help him. After he left, the woman discovered that a large amount of cash and her Social Security card were missing from her purse that was in another room.

Investigators say they believe a second man entered the house and took the money while the first man was speaking with the victim.

A neighbor told officers that two men in a vehicle had stopped at his house earlier in the day offering to do work for him, but he told them he was not interested.

The man who spoke with the victim was described as a white man in his 50s with a tanned complexion, standing 5' 8" to 5' 9" 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 bucket "Gilligan" hat.

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

The men were in 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 may have had several large antennas.

Anyone with information on this or similar incidents is asked to call Investigator Werner at (919) 560-4281, ext. 29121 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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