NEW: PBSO posts photos of jewels taken in Royal Palm home invasion


Authorities on Monday posted several photos of jewelry they said was taken during what they called a “heinous” July 6 home invasion in which an aunt and niece were reportedly robbed and assaulted and the younger woman raped.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office last week posted grainy surveillance images of a vehicle it believes three men used to arrive at the home in the 200 block of Sandpiper Avenue, near Commons Park, at around 3 a.m.

A neighbor to whose home the women eventually fled at 5:30 a.m. told The Palm Beach Post the two told him their assailants bound them with wire to beds, stole several items and sexually battered the niece.

Investigators said the invaders loaded stolen items into their car and the alleged victim’s vehicle and drove off in both, abandoning the woman’s car a short distance away.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has not reported any arrests and has provided few details.

Last week, residents met with deputies to discuss their concerns following the incident.

A reward of up to $10,000 is available via Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).

The neighbor, Atte Gudrian Jr., told The Post the older woman’s son, who lives next door to her, recently had been badly injured, along with his girlfriend, when their motorcycle struck a car, and the couple still were hospitalized at the time of the invasion. He said the niece, who lives in Pennsylvania, came down to help the older woman, whose husband died about a decade ago.

He said the older woman was able to get loose and tried to climb out a window, but the men dragged her back in and tied her again. He said the niece later was able to free herself. He said the women told him they did not know their assailants.

The Palm Beach Post is not identifying the homeowner, who’s in her 90s, and the woman’s niece, who is in her 50s or 60s. No one has answered their phone since the assault.



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