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Posted on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 6:38 a.m.

Armed men rob boys, 13 & 14, after pretending to be neighbors

By Paula Gardner

Two men, one armed with a handgun, pretended to be neighbors of a pair of Pittsfield Township teenagers - then robbed them after the teens let them into their apartment Thursday night.

Pittsfield Township police said the suspects knocked on the door of an apartment in the 3000 block of Woodland Hills at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

Two boys, 13 and 14, were home at the time, police said. The suspects pretended to be neighbors in the Evergreen Apartments complex, and the boys let them inside.

Once inside, police said, one suspect displayed a handgun. The robbers herded the teens into the bathroom and demanded to know where they could find cash in the apartment.

The men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The teens called police, and a parent returned to the apartment just after police arrived, according to officers. Neither was hurt.

Police are seeking information on the robbers. The suspect with the gun is described as black, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a red bandana during the incident, and also wore a black and red shirt with a black hoodie sweatshirt over it.

The second suspect is black, about 21 years old, and the same height as his companion - just with a thinner build. He had a thin beard and wore a black hat with a “P” on it and all black clothing.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Pittsfield Police at 734-822-4911.

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Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 2:31 a.m.

I have always heard crime had no address but obviously it does and it is Evergreen. Although I do feel bad for the children that suffered this place has been bad since I can remember, dating back to the 80's, when is McKinley going to finally clean up this place and get rid of the rift raft that lives there?


Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 4:53 p.m.

Parents should always tell their children, never/ever open the door to anyone be it a house or apartment. These boys must have been scared to death. Thank God neither were hurt. Somehow the robbers must have known the boys were home alone.


Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 2:33 p.m.

Most people who live in apartment complexes don't know their neighbors, so just never let people into your home unless you recognize them or know them.