Police arrest 2 men for stealing from 90-year-old Clarksville woman

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 6:41 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A 90-year-old southern Indiana woman is the victim of a home invasion robbery that led to a police chase and two suspects behind bars.

Marilyn Triplett says she would not normally open the door for a stranger, but the young man who knocked Tuesday night gave the name of someone she knew. The 90-year-old cracked the door open for a better look.

“When I looked back, there were two people coming in the door, then I knew something was wrong," she said.

Triplett says it happened so fast, she did not have time to be scared at first. She says the men made her get on the ground with her head down, then they pulled the phones out of the wall and demanded the locations of items they wanted to steal.

She says she told the men the truth, there were no valuables or prescription drugs besides blood pressure medicine in the house.

The suspects left the house with her purse, costume jewelry and a television but they caught the attention of a watchful neighbor who called police.

Thanks to his description, police saw the suspect's car. Police say they chased Joseph Snelling, 19, and Anthony Spencer, 31, to Charlestown Pike, just west of the Salem Noble Road intersection where their car crashed. 

Police found stolen items in the car and arrested both men. Snelling and Spencer are charged with burglary, robbery, resisting law enforcement, possession of stolen property, and battery.

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