Elderly home invasion victim talks about ordeal

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – An 82-year old woman was held against her will as thieves ransacked her home Monday night.

“I’ve cried some, but generally I’m OK,” said Bobbie Philips.

Philips lives in the La Jolla Corona Estates. She told FOX 5 she was in bed when she heard noises and got up to investigate.

“He grabbed me by the neck and of course I screamed and he said, ‘Be quiet!’” Philips said. “He said, ‘If you want to don’t cooperate we will hurt you. We don’t want to hurt you.’”

The thief told Philips he was a Logan Heights police officer searching for burglars in the area.

“And of course I knew that couldn’t be. No police officer would grab me by the neck,” she said.

Philips questioned the man but did not fight him. She was then forced to sit down.

“He had this big flashlight and he shined it in my face and said, ’Put your head down and don’t move,’” said Philips.

She waited in fear as thieves rummaged through her home.

“I heard them pull open all the kitchen drawers, the bar, I mean everything pulled out throughout the house,” said Philips. “He was screaming, ‘Where’s everything? Don’t you lie to me. Don’t you lie to me.’”

Philips said it seemed like forever, but looking back she thinks it lasted for about 15 minutes.

The thieves took four televisions, her wallet, jewelry and silver along with the silver drawers.

“With that he came over, pulled my necklace off and said you just stay still now and they left,” said Philips.

Police said the thieves broke in through the kitchen window. The house alarm apparently wasn’t turned on. Philips said that was the hardest lesson learned.

“I will definitely use it whenever I leave, whenever I come back, yes, and when I’m sleeping,” said Philips.

This is the second time her home has been broken into. Two years ago, thieves took a safe from her bedroom filled with jewelry. Philips said none of the items matter — what matters is she has her life. There is one small item.

“It’s just stuff. The only thing that really bothers me is that silly chest that they ruined by taking,” said Philips.

Police said they are looking for two to three suspects, but there is no description. Anyone who has information on the crime is asked to call local police or Crimestoppers at 888-580-5477.

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