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'Push-in' Robbery Claims Life of Grandmother; $12k Reward for Info

Police are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for bludgeoning an 88-year-old grandmother to death in what appears to be a push-in style robbery, reports the Gothamist.

According to the New York Daily News, Evelyn Shapiro was found by her adult grandchildren, who were concerned after not hearing from her in over 24 hours. Her body was discovered in a pool of blood, with groceries scattered around her. More groceries were still in her trunk. Police suspect that the assailant stalked her from the grocery store and attacked her in her home while she was carrying her food into her apartment.

The motive seems to be robbery, as Shapiro had a tendency to wear “an insane amount of jewelry all the time,” writes the Gothamist. She did so to prevent the jewelry from being stolen, as she was afraid of leaving it unattended at her home in the Pelham Parkway Houses.

Unfortunately, there are few leads so far. There are no surveillance cameras in the housing project. Police are reviewing footage from the grocery store and tracing her steps home to see if they can spot anyone suspicious following her.

Because the murder was done during the course of a robbery, once a suspect is located, they could be prosecuted for first-degree murder. First-degree murder is a Class A-I felony and is punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The minimum sentence is twenty years.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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