Elderly woman punched, robbed inside her Portola home

A 72-year-old woman was robbed of her savings by two thieves who punched her after she invited them into her Portola home Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The elderly woman was outside her home on the 1400 block of Silver Avenue around 3:40 p.m. when an unknown woman started to talk with her, police said.

The suspect told the woman she would give her money if she could prove that she did not need it, police said. In response, the elderly woman invited the other woman into her home and started pulling out her savings.

An unknown man walked into the house at that point and, while the elderly woman showed the suspects her money, he punched her in the face and took the cash, police said.

The man, in his 50s, and woman, in her 30s, then fled the scene in a gray or silver SUV with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The left side of the elderly woman’s face was swollen but she was treated at the scene and received only minor injuries.

No arrests have been made.

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