3 suspects at large in Sterling home robbery

STERLING, Mass. (WHDH) — Police do not believe the three suspects who invaded and robbed a 70-year-old woman in Sterling chose the woman’s home at random.

The woman was alone in her home on Stephanie Anne Lane in Sterling when three men with masks entered her home, bound her with duct tape in her bedroom and threatened her with a knife. Police said the house’s doors were unlocked.

In 9-1-1 calls released by the police department, the woman can be heard saying that three men just left and took her car, adding, “they haven’t been gone long.”

Chief Gary Chamberland of the Sterling Police Department said the men asked the woman where the safe was, though there was no safe.

The suspects allegedly searched the home for a safe and left with around $1,000 in cash. They also allegedly cut the house’s phone lines.

Police said the woman was able to free herself and called 911 when the suspects left her house just after 10 a.m. Tuesday. The woman was not injured and refused any medical treatment.

“She was remarkably calm,” Chamberland said of the woman.

Sterling residents are shocked that the robbery was able to occur in broad daylight.

The woman told police two of the suspects were wearing black ski masks and the third had a skeleton mask on. All three wore gloves. One suspect is described as being five feet eight inches, the other five feet eight nine inches.

Police said the suspects fled the scene in the woman’s car, a 2004 black Cadillac DeVille. The car was found on the side of the highway, seven miles from the house, but the suspects are still on the loose.

Police do not believe this was a random attack but are unsure why the house was targeted. Anyone with any information on the suspects is asked to contact police immediately.

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