January 16, 2012|By Pamela Lehman, Of The Morning Call
Wilson police are looking for the public’s help to identify two men who forced a 76-year-old woman to open a safe in her home and stole cash and jewelry early Sunday. The home invasion robbery happened at 1 a.m. Sunday at a home on Hillside Avenue. The victim, whose name was not released, was not physically injured, but is badly shaken after the robbery, said Wilson police Chief Steven Parkansky Jr.Police believe the men either knew the victim or were familiar with her home, Parkansky said.
According to police:
The woman was asleep when she said she awoke to find two men in her bedroom. They demanded she open a safe and threatened to kill her. Police said the woman was “upset and nervous” and as she struggled to open the safe, one man pressed an item to the back of her head and threatened again to kill her. Police believe the item was likely a gun, Parkansky said. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry and fled. Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the home.
The woman could only tell police that one man wore a black hooded sweatshirt.