4 people arrested in Florence after robbing an 81-year-old man

4 people arrested in Florence after robbing an 81-year-old man

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence police arrested four people who forced their way into an 81 year old man's house and robbed him Friday morning around 11 a.m.

17 year-old, Kaliyah Godfrey is now held on 60 thousand dollars bond for armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, conspiracy and first degree burglary. 22 year-old Anthony Wallace, and 22 year-old Shaquita Sansbury also charged with armed robbery are held on 35 thousand dollars each. All are still held at the Florence County Detention Center.  A 16-year-old is also being charged as an adult with first degree burglary, conspiracy and armed robbery who is held at the Columbia juvenile center right now.

Pat Coward is a neighbor of the victim and has known him the past 30 years. She says, "This is just unreal and unacceptable behavior for anybody in any neighborhood. We shouldn't have to live in fear of opening our doors to friends, to neighbors, to anyone."

One of the suspects knocked on the victim's door asking to use the restroom but he refused to let them in. That's when all four came back with guns and robbed him of his money inside his house.

"You don't think of somebody coming up to your door in broad daylight and that's what makes it a little scarier is the fact that they were that bold...You have to constantly lock the door in and out and be aware, where we had neighbors knocking on the door, coming in, hey how are you doing. You can't do that anymore, you have to be careful of opening the door constantly," says Coward.

Coward says the elderly victim is terrified now and the man would open his heart and home to anybody.

Major Carlos Raines with the Florence Police Department assures the Florence community and says, “We’ve increased patrol in the residential areas as a result of this sort of activity. We are patrolling more than normal, so people should feel safe we are going to try to be as many places as we can, as often as we can. We are looking out for this sort of thing.”

Police tracked the group with the license plate of the car a witness saw them get into. Raines says, "The people who are doing this stuff are being identified, arrested, and being held accountable for what they've done."

Florence police are patrolling neighborhoods especially during this time of year. If you see someone or something suspicious outside your home, please call police right away.

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