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Township Woman Held Down, Robbed During 'Gypsy' Home Invasion

Police say three men took jewelry, a safe and more after holding down a 76-year-old New Lenox Township resident while they robbed her.

A 76-year-old New Lenox Township woman was held down and robbed by three men during a home invasion last week. The three were nabbed in less than an hour.

The trio of accused robbers showed up shortly after noon on Thursday, Nov. 8, at a home in the 400 block of Hickory Road. Kathy Hoffmeyer, Will County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, said a simple knock on the front door allowed them to gain entry.

As soon as the woman opened the door, the three forced their way inside. One pushed her backward on the couch and held her down while the other two robbed the house. The intruders stole a total of 13 rings and a safe, containing about $700 and personal papers, Hoffmeyer said.

"They took three bracelets right off her wrist," she said.

The victim was "shaken up, but she was OK," said Hoffmeyer. She had her wits about her and gathered a description of their car—a white SUV. 

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The victim's call to 911 stirred an unintentional but successful joint operation between Will County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police.

Hoffmeyer said it just happened that while Will County Police were in the process of interviewing the victim, members of the Illinois Police Task Force were in Hickory Hills looking to arrest a man who was wanted on a warrant in Ohio. It turns out that their suspect was identified as one among the trio of New Lenox intruders.

According to Hoffmeyer, the carload of intruders pulled into the driveway, spotted police and fled on foot. She said they were running toward an apartment complex, tossing the stolen pieces of jewelry and money as they fled. 

Police quickly caught up with the three, and they were taken to Will County Jail. During the interrogation, one of the three told detectives that they "left the apartment to go and do what Gypsies do."

The inference, Hoffmeyer said, is related to activities such as burglaries and robberies. 

Police arrested Walter Miller, 54, of Hickory Hills, who was charged with home invasion. He is being held without bond due to his outstanding warrant. Hoffmeyer had no details about the Ohio warrant.

The other two: Tony Miller, 39, and Sonny Miller, 19, both of Chicago, were charged with armed home invasion, according to the sheriff's department.

Hoffmeyer said while the three share the same last name, she was uncertain about the precise relationship.  

Will County Sheriff's Police have all three in custody. The younger two are being held on a $500,000 bond each.

Police recovered the stolen items, and the victim identified the three men in a photo lineup. 

The same three men were also arrested in June in connection with a Homewood home repair scam that was repoted by Homewood-Flossmoor Patch.

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charlies angel November 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
They were arrested in June only to be released to harm again? I don't know, I think there needs to be a huge overhaul on the justice system for these types of clowns.
Vance Johnson November 13, 2012 at 09:37 PM
"Moe, Larry, and Shemp," look like they need rehabilitation. Good work on the arrest.
BRW November 13, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Too bad the poor lady didn't have a loaded .45 in her hand when these cowards came around. Just one more reason for concealed carry in the Peoples Republik of Illinois. These morons were lucky this time. One day they will pick the wrong house and get blown away, saving us taxpayers the cost of trial and incarceration for these losers!
David Carrington November 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I see home invasion stories in the news almost every day. Usually intruders just kick-in the door. In my opinion, the most effective and least expensive thing you can do to protect yourself is to add good door security hardware to your doors to make them as secure as possible. You can get what's called a Door Security Kit ( http://www.DoorSecurityKit.com ) which will stop door kick-ins. It's a long, thick metal plate that reinforces the door, the door frame, and the hinges.
DJ November 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I get your point but a shotgun is going to be a lot more effective in a home invasion situation. More room for error when the adrenaline in flowing.
Kerry Lynn November 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM
AMEN TO THAT BRW!!!!
BRW November 14, 2012 at 01:24 AM
DOOR SECURITY???? Are you serious??? Home invaders need a DETERANT! ! Its called an armed homeowner! Troll elsewhere!
BRW November 14, 2012 at 01:29 AM
DJ....your right but a shotgun is a bit much for an older person. How about this concept??...Arm the law-abiding and make the criminals run scared?? Naw..that would piss off the lib-tards
Karen November 14, 2012 at 02:19 AM
If they enter my home without being invited, those low-life gypsies will be shot. End of story.
benny November 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
"left the apartment to go and do what Gypsies do." ...and now the gypsies get to see what we do to them in prison.
NL Resident November 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I couldn't agree more. And maybe I'm a little paranoid, but I call the non-emergency number with any suspicious activity I see. Also, remind anyone coming door-to-door selling stuff or otherwise that unless they are pre-registered with the Village, they are not welcome. If they aren't, let them know you will be calling the police to make them aware and do it. About 2 nights after some young girls came to my door telling me about the "school project" they were working on, a white, unmarked utility van was parked between my 2 neighbors houses that work during the day. I stayed in my driveway to watch the vehicle as I notified the police. It eventually drove very slowly down the street until I couldn't see it anymore.
JP November 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Too all of the pro-gun comments, get real. This and most 76-year-old ladies (and men for that matter) have absolutely no business trying to fend off such intruders with any kind of gun. She surely couldn't have knocked off all 3. Might not even knock off one if she hadn't practiced using it. Then the results could have been much different: pistol-whipped or clubbed or shot -to her death. The only way anyone has a legit chance with a gun in a scenario like that is if they practice using it regularly, keep it loaded with the safety off and near them at all times -who the heck does that? Few if any.
Donna Curtis November 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
was this on Hickory road or Old Hickory Road??
JEG November 14, 2012 at 03:21 PM
If you are found here tonight you WILL be found here tomorrow. I take care of myself . Try and arrest me for defending my home !!
Cindy November 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It was not the Hickory Road in Marley.
Sharon Grod November 14, 2012 at 05:21 PM
lets just thank God they didn't harm her
JimmyMac November 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I love how the hand-wringing libs point out how and armed citizen can't stop a home invasion, do you really think that if the old lady popped the first one through the door the rest of them would keep coming??? Heck. she could be using a .32 revolver, they would of fled. Her mistake was opening the door, as things disintegrate in Obamanation people will either get wise or perish as this type of crime proliferates exponentially. By the way, the best weapon for home defense is a handgun, loaded with hollow point ammunition. It's easier to handle and prevents the intruder from deflecting the shot.
benny November 15, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Gypsys: tramps, and thieves -Cher

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