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Elderly Couple Targeted in Home Invasion

Written By: Renata Stiehl

Elderly Couple Targeted in Home Invasion

Elderly  Home Invasion
     PAINTED POST (WENY) -- The search is on for at least two suspects in an overnight armed home invasion robbery in Steuben County, in what authorities are calling an isolated incident.
     The thieves tied an elderly couple to chairs, and made off with $20 cash and car. Neighbors WENY TV News spoke with today say their neighborhood is a quiet one, and they can't believe something like this happened to good people.
     "We didnt hear anything because it wasn't, there wasn't no other cars in the area, it was quiet," said Larry Reedy, who lives adjacent to the home where the home invasion took place just after 12:30AM Friday.
     Investigators say the man living there heard noises outside, and when he went to the back door, the suspects made their move. Steuben County Sheriff says the couple was targeted.
     "I donít want to say they knew them, but they may have known acquaintances of the people, so that's what brought them to the Corning area, for this," Ordway said.
     The two suspects held the elderly couple at gunpoint, stole $20 from a wallet, and took the couple's 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix from the driveway.
     I myself am a little upset, Iím mad more than anything, that they would do something like this in his neighborhood," said Reedy, who says people living in the area look out for each other.
     The couple living at 2 Sunset Drive were tied to their kitchen chairs with zip ties; after the robbers fled, the woman was able to get free and call 911.
     Steuben County authorities are now looking for the Grand Prix, which was last seen driving on Robert Dann Drive in Painted Post. Sheriff Ordway says it's possible the suspects were driving a stolen car before the home invasion, and ditched it when they stole the Grand Prix. The car had the NYS license plate number EPC 7505.
      "People in that neighborhood, if they think they heard the dogs barking around one o'clock, and they looked out the window, maybe saw something, all that helps us because we corroborates what we're finding out now  who it was, how many there was, where they parked, so that information is huge for us right now," Sheriff Ordway says.
 
Anyone with information should call the Steuben County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division at 607-622-3911.
 
Suspect descriptions:
Suspect 1: White male, 6' tall, slim build, between 30 and 40 years old. Last seen wearing a grey stocking cap, gray Wrangler jacket, dark pants and work boots.
 
Suspect 2: White male, 5'7" tall, slim build, medium complextion, early to mid 20's in age. Last seen wearing a dark stocking cap and a black jacket.