Investigators: Home invasion may have led to woman's death
Two men broke into Mildred Pollock's home at 39 Delwood Church Road
89 year-old Mildred Pollock
Prentice Gleaton, a longtime friend and neighbor of Pollock
MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -
Two home invaders could end up facing murder charges after the elderly woman they tried to rob died. They showed up at 89-year old Mildred Pollock's Camilla home posing as salesman.
Family and friends are still shaken nearly two weeks after the senseless crime, and now they're demanding justice. A sweet Sunday school teacher with a love for helping others. That's how friends and family describe 89 year-old Mildred Pollock.
"There's never been a more devout Christian in this community than that lady right there," said Prentice Gleaton, a longtime friend and neighbor of Pollock. "And for some foolish people to come by and do what they done round here, a quick death's too good for 'em."
Investigators said strangers knocked on Pollock's door at 39 Delwood Church Road on January 24th around 4:30 in the afternoon.
"Apparently two white males had come by soliciting business making some kind of sale, and got in the house with Ms. Pollock," said Sheriff W.E. Bozeman, Mitchell County.
They held her to a chair and took her life alert emergency notification necklace and her two phones before ripping phone cords from the wall. Pollock's relatives, who asked not to speak on camera, said the men were looking for money, but left when they couldn't find any.
"I believe from the bottom of my heart that everybody feels the same way I do about it, because somebody needs to catch them. And they need to get the harshest punishments they can get," Gleaton said.
She used a back up life alert to call for help. She was taken to the hospital and later died from heart failure on January 31st, and was buried the next day, which would have been her 90th birthday.
"They still had a birthday cake, but she was put away on her birthday. Now that's about as sad as you can be right there," said Gleaton. .
The suspects may now face felony murder charges. But severe artery blockages discovered after Pollock's death may complicate a case for murder.
"That will be discussed with the D.A.'s office at a point in time when we get them captured," said the sheriff.
Neighbors say the area has seen an increase in break ins and criminal activity in recent years, which has some on edge.
"It used to…you could sleep around here with your windows open, sleep on the porch, whatever you want to do and none of this kind of bull went on. But dope and stuff like that I think is the biggest contributor to it," said Gleaton.
Sheriff Bozeman said he's heard of crimes like this before, but not in Camilla. "I kind of think we've checked with all surrounding counties and all. And the 97 highway is a through highway, and I think they may have just been going through."
Investigators are following leads and searching for the men. One of the suspects is described as a heavy set man with a salt and pepper beard.The other is an older, smaller man with a speech impairment.They were last seen driving a tan pick up.
Anyone with information that could help should contact the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office at (229) 336-2033.