Mildred Pollock died a day shy of her 90th birthday
Sheriff W.E. Bozeman, Mitchell County
One of several old photos of Mildred Pollock hanging inside her home.
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -
The son of a Mitchell County woman who died following a home invasion is asking the men responsible to turn themselves in.
89-year-old Mildred Pollock died from heart failure after two men posing as salesmen forced their way into her home. Mitchell County investigators believe the men may be from out of town. They're reaching out to the GBI to help track them down.
Friends and family say the well known, caring Sunday school teacher used to live in the quiet home off Delwood Church Road.
"If you had a question about something she not only could tell you verbally, she could take the bible and look it up and read the passage from the bible," said Fred Pollock, Victim's son.
Fred Pollock wants answers about the home invasion that sent his 89 year-old mother Mildred to the hospital on January 24th where she died a week later from heart failure. Her funeral was held the next day, which would have been her 90th birthday.
"I was really upset. I know I'm a 68 year-old guy, but I cried, you know. I couldn't control myself," he said.
Two men posing as salesmen forced their way into her home after she answered the door. They took her phones and her life alert emergency necklace while holding her in a chair.
"They said if you just give me $20 I'll go. Or if you just give me $40 I'll go. My mother had no money in the house at all," said Pollock.
The suspects left empty handed. She called for help and gave a brief description of the men, but later lost her ability to speak. "The deputy sheriff from Mitchell County came the next day to the hospital and he had some IDs, but you know, she wasn't able to communicate in any way," said Pollock.
Sheriff W. E. Bozeman is cautioning residents, especially senior citizens, about answering the door to strangers. He suggests neighbors form watches and keep an eye out for unusual activity in their area.
"We've beefed up patrols. A matter of fact, the investigator working (the case) has gone to Thomasville to meet with GBI on it," said Sheriff W.E. Bozeman, Mitchell County.
The sheriff said Camilla hasn't had crimes like this before and believes the men are from out of town. Deputies and GBI agents now search for answers.
"They're giving us some options to look at and we got them checking around other states or where ever to see if there's similar crimes," said the sheriff.
He said his office was contacted by law enforcement in South Carolina following WALB's report on the crime. They believed the same men may have been responsible for a similar break-in, but Bozeman said descriptions of the suspects and the crime didn't match.
"But it's like the one person distracts someone while the other people burglarize the house, where our case both of them were in the house," said Bozeman.
Old family photos now line the walls in Pollock's home and comfort those closest to her. "I..I kind of wonder if she is really watching down on me. I really do. I hope so," said Pollock's son. He said he wants law enforcement to catch the men before they hurt anyone else.
The men are described as two white men, one heavy set with a salt and pepper beard and the other as an older, smaller man with a speech impediment. They were last seen wearing tan pants and driving a tan pickup.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation should contact the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office at (229) 336-2033.