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83-year-old grandmother chases thieves out of her home

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By Brigida Mack - email

MINT HILL, NC (WBTV) - Police are looking for two suspects who were involved in two home invasions in Mint Hill within a 24-hour period. 

Detectives said the crimes happened in broad daylight in two different neighborhoods.

One of the victim's is the grandmother of fallen Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Sean Clark.

The 83-year-old, whose name we are not releasing, told WBTV reporter Brigida Mack the thieves rang the doorbell to her home in Danbrooke Park Monday morning, but she didn't see anyone when she looked through the peephole.

A few minutes later, she recalls, "I heard this noise as if someone was trying to pull my door off, sure enough--BANG!"

The men kicked in the door. 

"I turned around and said -- 'What the hell are you guys doing?' -- I jumped up and ran after them," she said.

Clark's grandmother said two teens ran from her home and got into in a burgundy, four-door sedan.

She said she wasn't thinking about the danger and she simply reacted.

She says in hindsight, she probably shouldn't have chased the suspects.

"I just did it and I think I frightened them more than they frightened me," she said. 

Mint Hill Police said the thieves struck again Tuesday morning in the Old Sycamore community.

Once again, they kicked the door in.  This time, they stole two TVs and cash while the victims were upstairs.

Clark's grandmother said the crime has her thinking about taking drastic measures to protect herself. 

"I'm thinking about maybe getting a gun and taking a course," she said.

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the Mint Hill Police department at (704) 545-1085.

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