Elderly woman hurt during burglary

August 21, 2008 8:22:00 PM PDT
Police are investigating a terrifying burglary in New Jersey Thursday.Authorities say an 84-year-old woman was injured after she found burglars inside her home.

Area residents are now glad to see more police patrols in the neighborhood after a series of home invasions escalated into violence.

It happened inside 507 North Arlington Avenue. According to police, the woman came home just after 4 p.m. to find people inside, burglarizing her home.

The suspects confronted her, and the injuries she suffered were severe enough that police say she had to be rushed to the hospital.

"I'm concerned," a neighbor said. "This is my house, my family is here. I have a family here I try to keep an eye out for people in the neighborhood, what's going on.''

Police are still trying to figure that out, although they say there has been a rash of incidents around the neighborhood.

Jeremy Herring says he was a victim of a home invasion.

"It was 11 o'clock during the day," he said. "I was there. I just hadn't come downstairs. That was my first time coming down, I was going to my computer, and it was gone.''

Heather Armstrong's home was hit too.

"My mother left out about 10 a.m., came back at 11," she said. "The back door was broken in and a lot of our valuables were gone.''

Neighbors say there is a pattern is developing, that someone is targeting homes during daylight hours when most people are at work. Police say they are investigating.

As far as the victim, police said she did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Pegues

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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