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Robbers force way into home, steal money

February 08, 2002

Robbers force way into home, steal money



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are warning senior citizens to be cautious if strangers approach their homes following a home invasion robbery Tuesday afternoon.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, three men arrived at a home on Heavenly Acres Ridge Road in Thompson Township in the southern part of Fulton County near the Maryland line in a black van. One man knocked on the door and when Helen Funk, 80, answered, he told her the electricity was being turned off, police said.

When she refused to let him in, he forced his way in by ripping open the screen door, police said. The two others followed him in.

The first man held a screwdriver to Funk's chest and threatened to kill her while the other two ransacked the house and took an undetermined amount of money, police said.

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James M. Funk, 83, and Malcolm J. Funk, 59, were also home at the time, police said.

The three intruders were described as white men with dark complexions and dark hair and eyes. The man who did most of the talking had short hair, a mustache, was about 6 feet tall and weighed about 200 pounds. He was wearing a blue windbreaker-style jacket and dark pants, police said. The other two were described as smaller.

Police cautioned any older person who might see suspicious or unfamiliar people approach their homes to call police immediately at 1-717-485-4131.

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