Suspects sought in Graniteville home invasion

  • Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:57 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, October 5, 2012 7:49 a.m.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for two men who broke into an elderly woman’s home in Graniteville early Thursday and forced her to give them money and a cell phone, according to a report.

The two men entered the 80-year-old woman’s home around 12:20 a.m., according to the report.

The victim told deputies that she was standing next to her bed when she heard a noise. She then saw two men wearing dark clothing and something covering their faces “charging” toward her.

One of the men reportedly grabbed the woman by both wrists and said, “Give us the money, old lady.” The other burglar went through her purse and took some cash and her cell phone, according to the report.

At one point, one of the burglars asked the woman where a former tenant of the home was.

According to the report, the woman’s wrists were “very badly bruised and bleeding” when paramedics arrived. The woman declined transport to the hospital, and paramedics treated her on the scene.

According to the report, there were no signs of forced entry into the home except for a rip in the screen portion of a storm door. The woman told deputies she had misplaced her house keys earlier in the day, and that she may have left her key in the back door.

Capt. Troy Elwell, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, said Thursday afternoon there haven’t been any arrests in the case.

Anyone with information on this case can call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-9709, or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers may remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward between $50 and $1,000.

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