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Robbers prey on elderly, Iredell officials say

STATESVILLE – Investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office are advising the public about a pair of weekend robberies in which elderly residents were the victims.

The incidents took place around midday Saturday – one in Iredell, the other in Catawba.

The first case was reported about 11:45 a.m. in Catawba County, and the second took place shortly after 1 p.m. in Iredell, according to deputies. They say the victims lived within a few miles of Interstate 40, and they surmise the robbers might have been driving in the region, looking for possible victims.

Iredell County authorities say the bandits approached people who were outdoors, offered to help with yard work, then robbed the victims. The Catawba victim was 94 years old, but authorities did not disclose the age of the Iredell victim.

Investigators say the suspects are white males. One man is 20 to 30 years old, tall and slender. The other man was about 50 years old, short and heavy-set, and wearing a brown shirt with a decal on the left side. The older man was driving a silver Ford pick-up truck.

Anyone with information in the cases is asked to contact the sheriff’s office, 704-878-3100, or Iredell Crime Stoppers, 704-662-1340.

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