Thieves ransack 95-year-old woman’s home in Randolph County

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A 95-year-old woman returned from spending the winter in Georgia to learn thieves broke into her home in Randolph County.

“I was devastated,” said Rosa Lee Clodfelter, who returned home with her sister Thursday to see the damage.

It’s believed the thieves broke in several weeks ago and went through every room, every drawer and even the attic.

Items stolen include everything from clocks on the wall to Clodfelter’s late brother’s Purple Heart. They even tore pages out of the family’s Bible.

“I just couldn’t believe anybody would tear up anybody’s home like this,” said Virginia Martin, Rosa Lee’s sister.  “Anything they could sell to make money.”

It’s believed the thieves loaded up Clodfelter’s car with items hoping to steal it too, but it wouldn’t crank.

“I feel sorry for them,” said Martin.  “Anybody that doesn’t have feelings for older people or anyone’s home and tear it up like this – you just can’t believe it.”

Sheriff’s detectives have found finger prints and are looking at evidence left behind including a Bojangles bag the thieves left behind from eating dinner in Clodfelter’s kitchen.

“It’s worldly things,” said Clodfelter.  “I can’t worry about it too much.”

Investigators say they believe the thieves may be trying to sell many of the items and are asking anyone with information to give the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department a call at (336) 318-6699.​

16 comments

  • katie

    if any of her family or someone who lnows her please get in touch with me, i would love to buy her a new bible

  • Bo Diddley

    If it’s Randolph county it’s definately meth heads doing this…case solved. I think Randolph was ranked one of the worst counties in the state recently. It’s prob why the state put the zoo there.

  • FaithC

    Stealing a purple heart and tearing pages out of her family bible, total scum. I hope they find them.

  • Paul

    There is no excuse for criminals to break in, however, if you leave your home unattended for months on end, expect something like this to happen.

    • RUKiddingMe?

      Paul…Are you really blaming the home owner?!? Seriously!?! ^^^These comments are one of the many things contributing to our society that is WRONG! It’s not the thieves’ fault, the homeowner wasn’t home! It’s not the thieves fault they broke into a home (that is not theirs!) to rip pages out of the Bible. I’m sure the Bible was in the wrong place.

      I’m sure you are one of the same people who blame a woman for being raped? She looked too pretty? Sheesh!

  • truth-hurts

    It takes a sorry POS to steal a purple heart.
    It is worth nothing to anyone but the person and family that received it.
    It is not made of gold but copper.

  • Sue Stanley Smith

    Bless her heart, I hope they find the scum that did this, but maybe it is the ones that they caught already and are in jail, hopefully the fingerprints will help them. Randolph Co does not have the best law enforcement, how do I know, I live in Randolph Co and they did nothing when I got broken into and stole all our stuff. I hope they fry them!!!

  • smokescreen

    MR SHERIFF WHEN YOU FIND THESE CRIMINALS PLEASE LET ME PUNISH THEM I HAVE A SPECIAL BLEND OF CHICKEN YOU KNOW WHAT THAT I WILL ASK THEM TO DRINK IN A NICE WAY..I CAN ASSURE YOU THERE WONT BE NO MORE THIEVIN.PLUS I MIGHT ASK THEM TO GET A SNEEK PEEK AT MY LEATHER BELT.PLEASE.PLEASE????????

  • mh

    I am not law enforcement, but I know some. There are some lazy folks in every field, but the majority of LE are hard working. I don’t see those of you complaining out there, putting your safety on the line.

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