Elderly woman fends off robber with reacher

September 24, 2008 5:42:17 AM PDT
It sounds like a reach -- but police say an elderly woman chased off a robber with a reacher.

That's one of those gadgets with a claw-like device used grab things.

Officers in Anne Arundel County say a man broke into a home shared by two elderly women.

He demanded money, but they said they did have any.

According to police, as the man started to go through a purse, one of the women grabbed the reacher.

Officers say she used it to chase him off, but he got away with a handbag.