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Police Asking Seniors to be Aware after a String of Robberies in Franklin County

Check on your elderly neighbors and be alert, those are the warnings from Pennsylvania State Police to residents in Franklin County, after five recent home invasions, they say targeted elderly women.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Check on your elderly neighbors and be alert, those are the warnings from Pennsylvania State Police to residents in Franklin County, after five recent home invasions, they say targeted elderly women.

Over the past month, Pennsylvania State Police said five recent home invasions in Southern Franklin County, which are believed to be connected, have a one thing in common, the victims, in each case women in their 70s' and 80s' were targeted. With the suspect still on the run, troopers are advising seniors to take extra precautions.

"Have lighting on the inside, interior lighting, make sure your friends and family know that you are alone and asked them to check on you on occasion," said Sgt. Randy Kane of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Officials said in every case, the suspect entered the homes by force, confronted the victims, making verbal threats and demanding money. They are asking neighbors and community members to be vigilant and to check on their elderly neighbors. 

"Look for things such as suspicious vehicles, any vehicles that don't belong in the neighborhood, someone stopped along the road watching the particular house or if you see someone walk towards a house, contact the police directly and let them know about this suspicious vehicle," said Kane.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, between 5'4" and 5'7" with a small to medium build. The crimes are difficult to understand, but police said the elderly are often targeted in these types of cases.

"I would have to make the assumption that he is targeting elderly type people because they are vulnerable, a little more trusting than somebody else," says Kane. "I don't know what his mind set is," says Kane.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, at 717-264-5161.
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