Thieves break into a grandmother's house

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Wichita police are searching for a pair of burglars that broke into a home near downtown Wichita on Monday morning.

Linda Phelps was in her bedroom when she heard a loud noise from her living room around 9 a.m.

"It didn't register on me that it was someone breaking into my house. Like a dummy, I walked out to see what was going on and this kid was standing about five feet from me," said Phelps.

One of the men pointed a black handgun at the 73-year-old grandmother.

The burglar covered his face and demanded that she get back in her room.

"I thought maybe it was a joke. Your mind isn't operating like it should when something like that happens, when he cocked his gun, then I knew that he wasn't joking," said Phelps.

This is the first time in 14 years that she has felt unsafe in her home in the 800 block of West University Street, by Kellogg and Seneca.

"It surprises me that they picked my house, but I don't have anything worth stealing, except for my TV," she said.

The thieves did not take items from the home and did not hurt Phelps, but caused damage to the door frame and lock.

She has this message for the thieves.

"If I can get out there and work for my money, by golly, they can get out there and do the same thing. Leave us old people alone," said Phelps.

The suspects are described as two White men in their 20s and were seen leaving in an older model grey pick up. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

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