Monday, May 25, 2015

Cops: 'Natural food rep' stole $500,000 at gunpoint in Havertown

A brazen robber claiming to be a representative for a "natural food company," entered a Havertown woman's house at gunpoint earlier this month and ransacked the place for about an hour while the victim watched in fear, according to police.

Cops: 'Natural food rep' stole $500,000 at gunpoint in Havertown

Composite sketch of first suspect.
Composite sketch of first suspect. Haverford Township Police Department

A brazen robber claiming to be a representative for a "natural food company," entered a Havertown woman's house at gunpoint earlier this month and ransacked the place for about an hour while the victim watched in fear, according to police.

All told, the suspect and his partner stole about $500,000 worth of jewelry from the home on Foxfields Road near Southwinds Drive after breaking in around 6 p.m. June 12, police said.

The victim told police that when she heard a knock that night, she yelled through her solid wooden door to ask what the individual wanted. The man told her that he was a representative from a natural food company but when she opened the door just a bit to speak with him, he brandished a handgun and demanded her "'husband's watches,'" according to a press release.

The man then forced his way in to the home and made his way to the second-floor master bedroom, where he began to take jewelry, police said. After that man made a brief call, a second man showed up at the house and began to ransack another bedroom, according to police.

For an hour the two men tore apart the home, stealing whatever jewelry they could find before fleeing the scene. Police said the victim estimated her losses at $500,000.

The first suspect is described as a white man in his early 30s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and dark-and-curly hair. He was wearing aviator glasses, gloves and jeans. The second man is described as a white man with a stocky build who wore a gray hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call Haverford Township Det. Stephen Laughlin at 610-853-1298610-853-1298 ext. 1239 or call the department's anonymous tipline at 610-853-9213610-853-9213.

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