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90-year-old woman tied up, robbed at gunpoint in her home

December 8, 2011 |  8:52 am

 Authorities are searching for two men who tied up and robbed a 90-year-old Orange County woman at gunpoint in her home.

The assailants ransacked the house, taking the woman’s jewelry, including a ring that has been in her family for almost a century, before driving off in a white pickup truck, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman walked out of her Rossmoor home about 11 a.m. Wednesday to fetch the newspaper, when two men approached her and one of them put a gun to her neck, Amormino said.

They took her inside, tied her to a chair and put a towel over her face, Amormino said.

One of the men stood beside her while the other one went through the house, he said. They were in the house at least 45 minutes.

They fled and the woman pushed a Life Alert button she had around her neck. Life Alert notified sheriff’s deputies.

“We found her tied up to the chair,” Amormino said.

Witnesses said they saw two men in their 20s get into a pickup truck that was parked the wrong way on the street in front of the woman’s house.

“They were cruising the neighborhood looking for a victim. They saw her come out for the newspaper and decided she was a target,” Amormino said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can provide an anonymous tip by calling Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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