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Man Posing as Organic Food Salesman Wanted for Main Line Home Invasion



    Home Robbed at Gunpoint in Bryn Mawr

    Police are looking for a man in connection with an armed home invasion robbery in Bryn Mawr, PA. Investigators say the thieves got away with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. NBC10's George Spencer talked to the victim Friday night. (Published Saturday, June 21, 2014)

    An armed robber posed as an organic food salesman and forced his way into a Main Line home, ransacking the place and stealing $500,000 worth of jewelry.

    Helen Hofberg said she heard a knock at the front door of her Foxfields Road house in Bryn Mawr around 6:30 p.m. on June 12.

    The suspect identified himself as the salesman leading Hofberg to barely crack open the door.

    "I opened it that much so he could put a piece of paer through," she said. "I didn't see him. I just saw the barrel of the gun."

    "He said, this is a robbery. An armed robbery," she said.

    The suspect demanded her husband's watches and pushed the woman into the kitchen, she explained.

    "If I would've tried to push back, he might have shot me," she said. "Stand in the corner and he wanted me to give him my hands, so he could tie me up."

    When she refused to cooperate, a scuffle ensued and Hofberg suffered bruises to her leg.

    "Don't tell me what to do in my house," Hofberg said. "He totally backed off."

    The robber had her follow him upstairs, where he made a call on his cell phone, according to police. A few moments later, an accomplice appeared on the second-floor of the home.

    Both suspects then spent an hour tearing apart the bedrooms, collecting approximately $500,000 worth of jewelry and watches before fleeing the scene, according to officials.

    "They went through everything," she said. "Everything."

    Haverford Township Police have released a sketch of the gunman and descriptions of both suspects.

    The robber who first entered the home is descibed as a white male in his thirties, approximately 6-feet tall with a medium build and dark curly hair, and was wearing aviator type sunglasses, gloves and jeans, according to investigators. Officials say the second suspect was a white male with a stocky build and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

    Anyone with information on their identities should contact the Haverford Township Police at 610-853-1298.