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70 year old woman shaken in Canfield home invasion

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CANFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - An elderly woman was forced to put a blanket over her face, when intruders broke into a Fairway Drive home.

Mahoning County Sheriff's investigators say at least two, possibly three suspects pryed the door open to the home and asked the 70-year-old housekeeper for guns and cash.

"The person at the home is a live-in caretaker or housekeeper at the house and one of the suspects came in and went down the steps and actually put a blanket over her face," said Sheriff Jerry Greene.

The suspects wanted to make sure that the victim wouldn't be able to identify them.

She was shaken up, but unharmed and told deputies that the suspects spoke in a foreign language, that was not Spanish.

The victim says they ransacked the home but it's unclear if anything was actually stolen.

According to the housekeeper, the men said they were federal agents looking for stolen property and then they asked where is the old man in the van?

"The intruders made a comment about wanting to know where the guns and money were," Sheriff Greene said.

Neighbors 21 News spoke with were shocked to learn about the crime.

"I am very, very shocked by that and especially somebody being home, you know that's pretty brazen. But I'm not completely surprised because over the last year we've seen crime moving out here. There's been some incidences on Lockwood Boulevard. Our Circle K was robbed maybe six months ago. So it's just a matter of you know, where the opportunity is. Criminals are maybe spreading out to neighborhoods that they haven't tapped into before." Rita Yohn said.

Yohn and her husband Dennis Yohn say they'll be more vigilant now than every before to make sure their neighborhood is safe.

The couple has two security systems, including one that's very protective.

"We have a home invasion system called Rottweiler which helps and we are also armed. I'm prior military. So we take the precautions making sure the windows are all taken care of at night," Dennis Yohn said.

Sources say the sheriff's detectives do have some tips they're following up on in the case.

21 News spotted Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputies on patrol in the neighborhood and Sheriff Greene reminds everyone that if you see something out of the ordinary, or a suspicious person in the neighborhood, don't hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency.

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