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SJPD: Elderly Couple Tied Up, Home Ransacked



    SJPD: Elderly Couple Tied Up, Home Ransacked

    An elderly couple in San Jose was tied up Monday night, their home was ransacked and their cars stolen. George Kiriyama reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013)

    Lydia McClure says in her 16 years living on the 6700 block of Bret Harte Drive in San Jose's Almaden Valley neighborhood, she has never seen a crime so brazen as the home invasion of her neighbors on Monday night.

    "I think like everyone it's not the type of thing that we expect," McClure said. "It freaked me out and scared me."

    San Jose police are looking for "several" men who forced their way into an elderly couple's home and tied them up. The woman is 76 and the man is 73. The robbers ransacked the home and they were in there for quite some time, police said.

    Investigators say the thieves stole a number of things and then took off in the victim's two cars: a 1997 tan Toyota Camry with a license plate number 3UNG960 and a 2007 green Toyota Highlander with a license plate number 5XIU520.

     At some point, either the husband or wife untied themselves and were able to run to a neighbors' home and call for help. Police say the elderly couple was traumatized by their experience. The randomness of the crime has neighbors very concerned.

    "I don't know how they [were] profiled or how they were chosen and that's frightening," McClure said.