A trio of armed robbers posed as flower deliverymen to steal from a woman in her Cleveland Heights home.
The 58-year-old grandmother, who was home with her infant grandson at the time, opened her door for the three men when she thought she was receiving a gift of flowers and balloons for Mother’s Day. That’s when the impersonating thieves took advantage and held her and the child at gunpoint after a brief struggle.
The armed men, one possessing a rifle, raided the woman’s home for about a half hour. They stole her wallet and purse, but also took additional items such as a Gucci belt.
The robber tasked with holding the grandmother and grandson at gunpoint on the first floor reportedly told them the following: “The two robbers upstairs are more crazy, so just do what they say…don’t make no stupid moves.”
Neighbors were shocked by the incident. “We all welcome the beauty of flowers into our lives,” said neighbor Brenda Joyner, “so we’re all vulnerable to that tactic. None of us are immune to random violence.”
“What’s concerning to me as someone whose lived next to her for twenty years,” said neighbor Lois Powell, “is that it’s been safe here, pretty much.”
The grandmother and her grandson were reportedly unhurt. Ohio police in Cleveland Heights are requesting for any information or individuals to come forward with knowledge of the robbers’ whereabouts.
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