They got away with rare coins and left an elderly woman tied up. Police are still looking for two men wanted for a violent home invasion.
Winchester Police say the suspects broke into the woman's home on Jackson Street Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors like Linda McKinney didn't know what to think as police cars lined the streets. The news quickly spread that two men broke into one of their neighbors' homes and tied up an elderly woman while they robbed her. "I've got my grandson here," McKinney said, "and you never know when somebody might come up in your yard, grab your kid, your grandkids."
The victim asked not to be identified, but she wanted to show us scrapes on her wrists from the home invasion. Police say her injuries came from the tape the men used to tie her up while they ransacked her home. "They had actually knocked on the door, and she had opened the door," Winchester Police Captain James Hall said, "They had gone in on a ruse asking for assistance, and when she opened the door, they had gone to a back room, and that's where they restrained her."
Police say the two suspects stole a collection of rare coins as well as the woman's cell phone. It took her about an hour to free herself and call for help. Now members of the community are taking extra precautions as the search continues for the suspects. "At nighttime you got to close your windows, make sure your windows are locked," McKinney said, "I mean, you're scared to even sit out on your front porch. I mean, it's getting bad."
Police say they've told nearby coin and precious metals dealers to look out for anyone trying to sell the stolen coins.
Police are looking for two suspects, both white men. Police describe the first man as between 5'8" and 5'10," about 175 pounds with blond hair. They describe the second man as about 6-feet-tall with a heavy build, also with blond hair.