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93-Year-Old Woman Duct-Taped During Lindenwold Home Invasion

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LINDENWOLD, N.J., (CBS) — Authorities in Camden County are investigating a home invasion.

The victim is a 93-year-old woman, and this isn’t the first time she’s been targeted.

After the suspect broke in the victim’s Lindenwold home, authorities say he duct-taped her eyes and and her mouth and cut the phone line to her home.

Lindenwold Police are looking to track down a suspect neighbors are calling heartless.

The 93-year-old woman on Fairmont Avenue was home alone early Friday morning when the intruder broke in, ducted-taped her and ransacked her home.

“I think it’s horrendous. My daughter has told me that it happened before.  She doesn’t have family close by so the neighbors do watch out for her, but she’s a victim and she gets preyed on and it’s so sad,” neighbor Cathy Lopez said.

Police believe the attack occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Friday.

The suspect stole some cash and a bank book.

Neighbors tell CBS 3 this is the third time the 93-year-old has been targeted like this in recent years, including a time when two men posing as repair men stole from her.

“It’s awful, it’s so sad,” neighbor Maggie Leiva said.

After the intruder left, the 93-year-old was able to pull the duct tape off her eyes.  She then set a flashlight in a window with the strobe setting on.

A neighbor saw the light flashing and called Lindenwold Police.

The victim was taken to an area hospital.  Fortunately she did not sustain any serious injuries.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s office is urging anyone who can help identify the suspect to call them immediately.

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