NAPLES, Fla.- Police call it a "distraction-type" burglary. The victim said she was in her garage following the suspects demands, banging on her water heater with a golf club. Meanwhile, inside she was being robbed
"And he said, I'm the manager, my men just hit some pipe and they fear they broke your water pipe. He said if we caused problem, we're going to pay for it," said Oosterbaan.
But it's Danielle Oosterbaan who's paying for it now. She didn't want her face shown on camera. Police said the man was pretending to check her home's hot water tank and kitchen sink, but instead hatched a plan to take the 83-year-old's most prized possessions.
"I opened the door, he turned on the light, he said do you have a stick?"
She handed him a broken golf club.
"I give it to him and he said you will hit the pipe, the water tank while I check the water. I said for how long? And he said for three minutes, and I said three minutes is long!"
Officers said it was enough time for the suspect to call a friend into the house and together the two grabbed cash and jewelry.
"My best jewelry, my most expensive and they took only the good jewelry
Police are still searching for the suspects. They may have some help from Oosterbaan's daughter who was actually on the phone and heard what went on.
"I will not open the door to anybody anymore, so it will not happen anymore. And I sleep comfortable because this is my home and i'm not going to let any individual scare me out of my house."