More MS news articles for July 2002

Robbers tie up Montgomery County couple

The wife, 60, was pistol- whipped in her Abington home. The husband is confined to a wheelchair.

Posted on Sat, Jul. 20, 2002
By Jonathan Gelb
Inquirer Suburban Staff

ABINGTON - Police are searching for two men who tied up a disabled man, his wife and his nurse in the couple's Montgomery County home early yesterday and robbed them of jewelry and cash.

The robbers used telephone cords and duct tape to bind the couple, David and Eileen Schwartz, who live in the 1300 block of Glenbrook Road, police said.

Eileen Schwartz, 60, was pistol-whipped by one of the suspects, police said. She was treated for minor injuries at Abington Memorial Hospital and released. Her husband, who is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from multiple sclerosis, was not injured.

"We really have no comment," Eileen Schwartz said. "We've been through a very trying day. All they took was some money."

A nurse who works for the Schwartzes arrived at the home while the robbery was in progress, and she, too, was bound with duct tape. Police did not release her name. She was not injured.

The robbers appeared to have some knowledge of the home's interior, said Abington Police Lt. John Livingood.

"They knew about things in the house, who would be there, where things were," he said. "But we're not sure how they obtained that knowledge."

The amount of cash stolen was not released, but it was not a "huge amount," Livingood said.

Neighbors described the tree-lined Abington street as quiet. They said crime in the area is uncommon.

According to police, the incident began at 8 a.m. yesterday when the couple answered a knock at the door. One of the robbers said he was there to do some repairs. Once inside, he pulled out a gun and waved his partner in.

After the robbers left, the couple and the nurse untied themselves and called police.

Police are searching for a large, black SUV with chrome trim. The vehicle was last seen near the intersection of Meetinghouse Road and Glenbrook Road about 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Abington police at 267-536-1100.

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