“I was not aware that those two men were even in the house at any time. Well, of course, they were down in the bedroom helping themselves,” Sauder said.
They stole hundreds of dollars in cash and jewelry.
“The one that might have been worth a little bit more because it was a pearl necklace that my sister gave me when I stood up in her wedding,” Sauder said.
Now looking back Lucille thinks they were all communicating.
“There’s one time I heard him say well it’ll be about five more minutes so now I know he was warming them he needs to finish up,” Sauder said.
The 83-year-old realized she’d been scammed hours later when she went to bed.
“I went to throw back the covers on the bed I heard something fall on the floor and I reached down to pick it up and see it’s a couple drawers from my jewelry box and I thought, 'Oh boy, now we know why people were here',” said Sauder.
The Sauders hope others learn from their mistake.
“I hope it’s a warning to other people so that they don’t get away with doing anymore,” said Sauder.
The four suspects left in a cream-colored SUV.
Police have seen an increase in scams like these and they remind residents not to let anyone in their home they don’t know.