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Home invaders target senior citizen

January 10, 2008 8:54:04 PM PST
Philadelphia police are trying to track down three men who committed a home invasion against a 71-year-old man.

Three men wearing ski masks barged into his home in in the 2100 block of North 58th around 7:30 p.m.

The men were armed with a gun and kicked in the back door as Leon Craddock was preparing to go to the bed.

"They put the gun to my father's face and then tied him up and asked him, 'Where the money at?' He said he didn't have any money," explained his daughter, Shawn Sisco.

The men ransacked the place, looking for cash and taking money from his change dish and his ATM card.

"They asked him for the pin number and they said if it was not the right number, they were coming back," she said. "I'm real upset you know. I feel violated. They broke in my house and my father is just terrified right now."

Craddock, who was not seriously injured, could not identify the crooks because they were wearing masks, but an outraged elderly neighbor had a message for them.

"They'll never come to my house. You ain't coming in my house. I got something for you," said Bob Williamson.

"This used to be a nice neighborhood. It's gone now and it's sad. It's just really sad that these young people feel they need to violate people instead of going out there and getting a job," said Sisco.

Police have little to go on as far as descriptions of the three young suspects, but detectives will be canvassing the neighborhood hoping to learn more.


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