The 85-year-old told officers she heard a clap of thunder and then saw a man kick in the front door of her home, in the 1400 block of Heard Avenue, around 3:30 a.m. According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office incident report, the man wrapped a sweater around the victim's face, grabbed her hands and said he wouldn't hurt her if she didn't do anything wrong.
The man then took an unknown amount of coins and left through the broken door. The woman told authorities she tried to call 911 but couldn't reach anyone. She was later transported to a local hospital for evaluation, police said.