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Albany Police warn elderly to be suspicious of knocks on door

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

February 3, 2009 

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There's an important safety alert from Albany Police after two elderly women were attacked in their homes.  

84-year-old Esther Eckstein remained hospitalized Tuesday night. She was attacked after trying to be a good Samaritan.

A man knocked on her door on West Highland Avenue Monday morning and said he needed some food. When she opened the door to help him, the man knocked her to the floor, choked her and stole jewelry and money.

Another woman suffered minor injuries recently in a similar attack. Police want everyone, especially older folks, to be extra cautious.

"This situation occurred because the lady felt that these economic times are hard so she wanted to assist somebody by providing a meal for them. That particular person took advantage of her hospitality, of her kindness. So we want our elderly citizens to know that they need to be very careful of who they let inside their homes and if they have a problem with someone coming to their door constantly, call police as soon as possible," said Phyllis Banks with Albany Police.

Police say if you have an elderly neighbor or family member who stays alone, check on them regularly to make sure they're okay.

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