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Police: Pillowcase Bandits ransack 90-year-old woman's home

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In less than a week, four different homes in North Buckhead have been hit by burglars dubbed the Pillowcase Bandits. They are stealing thousands of dollars worth of silver and silverware, among other expensive items.

In each case, the homeowner, or someone checking on the homes has found doors open, and the homes ransacked.

On July 17 two homes were burglarized between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. One of the victims was a 90-year-old woman who lives alone.

"Thankfully, she was not home when the burglars hit," Lee Richardson, her son said.

Richardson said that his mother was hit on a day when burglars knew she wouldn't be home.

"I think they know my mother's patterns," Richardson said. "There is a Wednesday period she has a set appointment every week, and that's when they got her."

Richardson believes the criminals are watching the online postings for Atlanta city permits. He explained four months ago, his mother put in a permit to have some pine trees removed from her property.

A short time after the permit was processed, Richardson said four men in a black SUV showed up to the house posing as tree trimmers.

"These four guys came down the driveway and told my mother, who is 90, 'You've got to move your car. We are here to take those trees down,'" Richardson said. "A woman up the street, same thing happened. A guy showed up and said 'I am working next door, the owner asked me to come over if anything falls on your lawn and make sure you are here.' They went to the grocery store and that is when they got attacked."

According to police, there were two more burglaries on July 20 and 21. The burglars had broken into the homes, taken the pillowcases off the beds and stolen silverware. The homes hit have been a few minutes driving distance from one another. They are 4400 Garmon Rd. NW, 710 Broadland Rd. NW, 4020 Emma Lane NE, and 2591 Red Valley Rd. NW.

"These guys are organized, they know what they are doing, and so many people they are hitting are elderly people," Richardson said. "I just want people who see anything suspicious to call police, and not trust anyone who comes to their homes claiming to be contractors, or tree service people."

Police continue to search for the suspects involved in each of these cases.

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