NORWALK (CBS) — Norwalk police confirm to KCAL9 that the latest victim in a rash of snatch-and-run gold chain robberies was a 93-year-old woman.

A 14k gold necklace with a gold pendant —  priceless to the victim because of its sentimental value — was stolen from the elderly woman’s neck as she walked near her home Thursday evening.

The pendant contained a picture of the victim and her late husband Anthony. Her husband of seventy years, who recently died.

Rose Veiga told KCAL9’s Serene Branson that the necklace obviously “meant a lot.”

The theft occurred, around 5 p.m., at the cross streets of Excelsior Drive and Corby Avenue. Veiga was taking a leisurely stroll — using her walker “so I’m slow” — near the house she has called home for sixty years.

She told Branson, “This guy comes so quick he didn’t yank the chain off my neck or he would have hurt me. He took it over [my] head.”

The pendant was given to her by the mortuary who conducted the funeral services for her husband. On one side there was a picture of the couple, on the other the words, “Always in my heart.”

Branson also spoke to a neighbor who was out walking his dog. Said Frankie, “All of a sudden I hear this scream and this guy was taking something from our neighbor.”

The teen says he gave chase but the thief hopped into the passenger side of a black sedan (possibly a Lexus) and sped off.  He walked Veiga home and he said “she seemed scared. It was hard for her to walk back home.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. They are also trying to establish if this robbery matches a recent pattern with other strong-arm robberies that have targeted the elderly.

The suspects are two men in their twenties.

Veiga told Branson she wants the necklace back, of course. But says the memories in her heart can “never” be stolen.

Comments (102)
  1. moe says:

    i grew up in Norwalk. if i still lived there i’d find the loser, bend him over, and spank the living hell out of him. i guarantee he would never ever do something so f’d up again.

    1. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

      How about building into that walker a shotgun that can eliminate these degenerates? —

    2. Mike Notsaying says:

      id walk around with gold chains and a legally concieled 357 let em try it with me

      1. DividedAmerica says:


        One free and dedicated to the Rule of Law and the other like North Korea. Lets begin to work to this end. Its going to happen because its must happen. The USSR broke up into over 50 sovereign nations without a fight. Its America’s turn.

        Only TEA can save you now.

  2. FFL says:

    Again CBS fails to ID any perps- wonder why? What are we looking for? Males females or green aliens from Mars.. More journalism 101 money down the drain again but never the less they are hired by our state run media..

    1. JoeG says:

      Networks hire Valley girls like Serene Branson who think it’s just so bogus to notice race. But only if the suspect is non-white. If the suspect was white, she would have mentioned it several times. I’m sure Serene Branson lives in the whitest neighborhood she can afford. This is why I don’t get my news from the State run media. The same people that own and control the Federal government also own the major media.

    2. aaron says:

      I am amazed by the # of people who respond to these articles by being critical of the author. You may be right, but it’s a fascinating trend…All of the sudden, we have all become editors in our own right?

      1. tv says:

        yes, we call it critical thinking, holding people to a higher standard, and calling out BS.

        Join Us.

    3. Duh says:

      Now now, they could be Hispanic.

    4. sharp_pain says:

      Because there black if you mention that in your story its called profiling.

  3. Johnny Popp says:

    If she has another photo, we can ALL chip in a little and get Her another one made for Her ~ Just like it!
    I’m 63 and on Social Security but I’ll Pitch In the first $100.00!

    1. teaisstronger says:


      $100 so the Taker can take it again. That necklace is as we write being pushed into a vain in some black dude. In a few hours when the dose wears off, he will be looking for some other white women to attack. Remember what Vice President Biden said the GOP stole that women’s Gold necklace.

      Only TEA can save us now.

      1. Spanky T Smackme says:

        You are so full of it your eyes are brown……It is not the Republicans, but the fault of the DemocRATS for not passing a meaningfull jobs bill with true cost restraints on the ever rising budget…

        Remember, ONLY private sector jobs can stimulate the economy to grow, NOT public sector leeches sucking offf our tax dollars.

      2. mephistofan says:

        Spanky failed to understand the sarcasm

      3. Roland says:

        you’re a idiot… so is Biden

      4. Alice Ramirez says:

        You are probably right…the poor lady’s neckless got sold so that some junkie with the IQ of a lizard can pump himself full of dope or crack. Even if there WERE a lot of available jobs, losers like this punk wouldn’t be trying to get one of them. So much easier to steal from old ladies. These dirt-bags are completely worthless!

      5. Miguel says:

        As a once-life-long democrat, I say the democrats have run this state for far too long, in that they and they alone have destroyed our economy. When I was young we ALL could get a job w/o walking for even a mile.

        Now the progressive weasels (who’ve infiltrated and co-opted our democrat party) who’ve killed our timber, forestry, trucking, mining, fishing, oil drilling/exploration and retail industries, to name a few, with their elitist environmentalism.

        No one can overstate how much more and more of us hate these monsters, these elitist, monstrous betrayers of The American Workers.

      6. poorhardworker says:

        @Miguel: Thanks…your comment gives me heart that there are people who really understand what is going on!

  4. Filomena Macedo says:

    She would love that, I’m her niece and I know how much this necklace meant to her.

  5. matt says:

    In almost every case when a major news network does not put out a witness profile of the perp it’s because he/she is black or hispanic. If the perp was white they nearly always say ‘white male’.

    1. teaisstronger says:

      Yea, they would claim the taker was an alter boy or a minister’s son.

  6. tomas says:

    Other professional sites reports state black male.

    1. JOSE says:

      shocking just shocking that a black male would do this astounding unbelievable

  7. deimos says:

    so according to the headline (or sloppy editing) the theif useda walker to rip the necklace off the woman?

    1. Virgin Mother says:

      Your point is valid. The article is terribly written. However, you might come across a little stronger next time if you spelled a five-letter word (e.g. “thief”) correctly, or could manage such subtle skills as capital letters and…hm, the spacebar (“useda”? Really?).

      1. Deflowered says:

        That all this was, a valid point. So, deimos needs an editor. They aren’t the ones being paid to be correct. Go monitor another tread for spelling and grammatical errors

  8. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Just another mental deficient incapable of living in society.

  9. NYGlenn says:

    Typical of that breed to pick out the weak and defenseless. Law of the jungle rules the ghetto.

  10. Will says:

    Agree with the above. Which is why I never go in the street with anything more than I need to do my business. Sad, but the way of the world.

  11. TJG says:

    Oh for goodness sakes people, at least they identified the car as black….that is as good as you can expect from this ‘destroy America at all costs’ liberal media.

    1. FstEti says:

      They aren’t black cars, they are cars of color……

    2. Sammie Jo says:

      also, they identified the car as possibly a Lexus, Tyrone has to have a nice ride while he’s out ripping off old ladies on a walker.

  12. Dexter Redland says:

    TRIPLE BUMMER! heinous crime. terrible journalism. racist comments.

    1. FstEti says:

      Why is it racist to point out that the “journalists” actively went out of their way to omit the full description of the suspects? That in itself is racist; favoring one race over another.

  13. Bruce says:

    What race was the perp?

    1. TJG says:

      That’s not important…just be on the look out for two men in their twenties.

    2. JOSE says:

      take a guess…when they leave out the description its always black

  14. FstEti says:

    “The suspects are two men in their twenties”? GREAT job of reporting and/or editing, that really narrows it down. Do these clowns really think that P.C. is so important as to purposely NOT include the fact that they actually were two BLACK men in their twenties (as reported elsewhere) or are they merely incompetent?
    Somebody should be fired.

  15. BigBoa says:

    Not many more times will the mighty Boa tell you. There is but one solution for this. Do NOT wait until YOUR mother, YOUR wife, your father, child, husband or friend is the next victim. We must eradicate the ghettos. The war WILL be fought, in their neighborhood or yours. Your pick……..

  16. BigBoa says:

    Yes, Amish acting badly again no doubt,,,,,

    1. Carl Curmudgeon says:

      Oh, Mighty Obama!

      Thou art their most glorious messiah.

      Can I bum a Newport?

    2. Alice Ramirez says:

      The innocent are being corrupted. When was this obscenity recorded?’
      DOn’t they go in big for this kind of group think/youth indoctrination in Commununist countries? Also didn’t something like this go on with the Hitler Jugend back in the 1930s. This video is REALLY creepy and obscene! If this is a public school, I’d yank my kid out,

    3. Joek says:

      I don’t quite know what to say except, what in the world have they done to those poor children. Thats child abuse. Now we have to kill them all so they won’t breed when they grow up, it’s the only way to fix it.

  17. kwh says:

    The thug was “brazen”? Really, CBS and “Serene”? Brazen? Do you really mean to say that thugs cruising the streets in a Lexus looking for an old woman to steal from is courageous? Please look up what brazen means you college educated fools.

    Your P.C. perspective is revolting.

    1. JOSE says:

      you said thugs how un pc you are you must also be a racist

    2. Sammie Jo says:

      what’s wrong with you? Brazen doesn’t mean courageous, I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up.
      bra·zen   /ˈbreɪzən/ Show Spelled[brey-zuhn] Show IPA
      1.shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.

  18. Ajax says:

    Just how stupid do you think we are?
    “two men in their twenties”?

  19. Carl Curmudgeon says:

    “The suspects are two men in their twenties.”

    We know for certain the two are not white, else the story would detail this fact.

  20. LEL MN says:

    If you are a ‘have not’ feel free to take from those having more than you. It’s only fair, and you are entitled.

  21. LEL MN says:

    Tis time for all to have a CCP and be pakin.

    1. pitter43 says:

      Can’t agree more. I’m 61, paralyzed from a stroke. I’ve got my deposit down on a palm pistol that should be ready next year. It’s small enough to hold in one hand and fires with your thumb. They’ve developed a round that’s, if I remember right, does 45% more damage that a regular .38. It only has one round but that should be enough. I’ll be carrying it with me wherever I go.

  22. Vote Consequences says:

    Harry Reid sitting on 6+ jobs bills in the Senate, passed from the House, that could help folks.

    I mention this because punks like this one could have a job maybe if Reid were not playing the political card and holding up passage/votes on these jobs bills.

    1. JOSE says:

      low life thugs like this dont work never worked and will never work the subsidize their welfare check and food stamps and free housing by robbing the people who make all that free stuff available to them what a nice fair world we live in thanks to democ rat liberals

  23. LEL MN says:

    Lest some spelling/grammar weenie get their knickers all in a twist, I meant to say ‘packin’. Packin a pistole specifically.

  24. david davis says:

    Ob*ma should approve. After all, it’s nothing but intergenerational income redistribution.

  25. Dan dooly says:

    If we would all vote Democrat things like this would not happen

  26. TheBellCurve says:

    I sure hope the black Democrat was able to trade it for his crack rock. Don’t worry folks, redistribution of wealth is a good thing……right?

  27. Rick says:

    It’s been going on all over southern CA. This is why we need concealed carry and open carry laws like AZ, not jerry brown outlawing the open carry of unloaded guns. How else is an elderly person going to fight off a street thug?

  28. Jen says:

    You can simply thank the obama entitlement nation – they believe (with the urging of obama and friends) that they deserve to take that necklace from an old lady because they are entitled to everything they did not earn – our youth is pathetic

  29. NowSwimBack says:

    No description of the suspect? Must be a Negro.

  30. Diego Roswell says:

    2 men in their twenties eh? CBS reports. The actual report (police) says 2 BLACK men, but apparently that is not important information.

  31. jack milbanks 111 says:

    an elderly woman is assaulted and robbed and is that the main area of concern? nope, more important to be PC. so the suspects were in their twenties? that narrows it down; next time i pass a fraternity house i’ll look for the necklace. the media thinks we’re stupid and will not notice the omission of race (which is a valid description of the perpetrator) well i say FU CBS for your lack of courage and journalistic integrity. being a true journalist means reporting the truth, not filtering it to suit your twisted naive view of how the world should be. the reporter who wrote this “story” should be fired.

  32. beebo says:

    Serene if two jigs knocked you down and stole your necklace would you want their description reported to the police in the manner you reported it in your story? do you think your necklace would be recovered or the two men caught and punished? you should be ashamed of yourself, you are not a journalist with integrity or courage.

  33. Joe Blount says:

    I think the reason some less professional news outlets choose to omit race by editorial policy is because they do not want whites to realize the sheer volume of black crime. Well the fact is by the FBI’s own statistics they commit the majority of violent crimes despite being only 13% of the population. For decades the media has propogated the myth that blacks were descriminated against because of their skin color. What sense does that make? Does anyone really believe their ancestors were that ignorant or evil? I think a more likely explanation of past racism, descrimination and segregation is common sense and survival instinct, lessons that sadly we are doomed to learn all over again. Anyone with eyes can see this country is going right down the toilet and there is one group of people in particular who take the most handouts and contribute the least to society except the category of crime, which they excel at. I would name them but i guess that would be racist even though it’s the truth.

  34. Texas_Twister says:

    I’m getting old and fat, but i doubt these punks would give me the pleasure of attacking me, d*mn-it. I have a neighbor down the road, same as me, old and fat, he was a Navy SEAL. They probably wouldn’t attack him either, d*mn-it. We all have or Second Amendment tools here. That’s right LA doesn’t allow that, pity.

  35. From the 60's says:

    Wait until Governor Brown empties the jails…more to come.

  36. lolcatlol says:

    “The suspects are two men in their twenties”

    The same suspects when an elderly person is RAPED, BLACK people once again!

  37. contrarian says:

    I’m hoping the teen who gave chase to the thief’s car got the plate number and gave it to the police. That might actually make catching these miscreants a possibility.

  38. Martin Weiss says:

    They left in a Lexus. If they catch this guy and his driver the punishment should be to sell the Lexus and use the proceeds to buy one hell of a necklace for this lady.

  39. Barry Levy says:

    Amazing, the person knows that stealing is illegal and does it anyway. Wonder what would have happened if an armed citizenry was present, and saw this. Think it might have ended differently???

    And as long as PC liberals want to explain away crime and criminals we get more and more of the same.

    1. Robert Brooks says:

      As sad and disturbing as this is… And I LOVE the second amendment… You don’t shoot someone over a necklace. You only shoot someone when your life is threatened. But, open carrying would dissuade the criminals from their quest.

  40. Barry Levy says:

    Just wondering if people would think differently if this was a crime against a person that wasn’t elderly. And that becomes a problem. The theft is a theft, and it shouldn’t matter the age of the person, but this story will get more play because an elderly person is more sympathetic, and rightfully so.

    Reminds me of one of the first criminals convicted of three strikes. Beat up a homeless man, and stole all the money the person had, 50 cents. And people were upset that this person was being tried with third strike because he only stole 50 cents. But that was all the money the homeless person, beatern to a bloody pulp had.

  41. Vince says:

    Why isn’t a description of the perpetrators given? The AGE is the only thing given? This is journalism?

  42. Robert Brooks says:

    I am sure he was just following the “redistributing wealth doctrine” of the current administration… Probably only a mid level congressman or a new up and comer in the criminal organization a.k.a the US… G. G ain’t only for Gansta anymore… Oh, wait it still means that; never mind. ~smirk~

  43. REBEL1213 says:

    The Criminal has the mentality of sharing the wealth……! Wont get a job and work for the nicer things in life..they just want it handed to them. (thinking it’s an entitlement program) This Country is in a world of HURT..thanks to barack and his class warfare… we have barack to thank for this)and it’s gonna get worse .

  44. stevebeagle says:

    lemme guess what color the perp was.

  45. Japes Macfarland says:

    It’s been Leftist ideas that have led to this type of society. Where people no longer govern themselves, almost as a rule rather than the exception. It is disgusting. The Left is the enemy, not Obama, he’s just a pawn.

  46. Cogiito says:

    No doubt a Democrat politician.

    She had no money that he could tax so he took another form of her private property.

  47. Chicago Nick says:

    “Said Frankie, “All of a sudden I hear this scream and this guy was taking something from our neighbor.””

    What he REALLY said was:

    “All of a sudden I hear this scream and this big black guy was stealing my elderly neighbor’s gold chain….I tried chasing him but he had on brand new Air Jordans and I couldn’t catch him because he then stole someone’s bike and disappeared from sight!!”

    1. Chicago Nick says:

      Thanks to the link below from XT John, it looks like my and many other astute Americans’ vision of the ‘robber’ turned out pretty freaking accurate with nothing but a description of the crime provided in this fact missing article…see how well “profiling’ works? I can nail em every time.

      Here’s the perp’s ID that the PC people here couldn’t muster up the balllz to print:

      “The robber was seen getting into a black 4-door car, possibly an Infiniti, with tinted windows. Deputies think the second suspect was driving the car but didn’t have a description for the culprit.

      The suspect who took the necklace was described as a black man in his early 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and with a thin build. He wore a green T-shirt, a green baseball cap and dark-colored shorts.
      – From Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales”

  48. XTJohn says:

    As usual, I had to find an alternate news source to get the entire story:

  49. Alex says:

    No description of the suspect…..

  50. Miranda says:

    I certainly feel sympathy for the victim of this crime. However, I feel almost as much for the writer of this article, which is one of the most poorly written news stories I have ever read. Whoever you are, I sincerely hope you weren’t paid for it. The article is hardly intelligible, and contains sentence fragments. You are a disgrace to journalism, and are also a perfect example of how the internet is contributing to the slow decay–rather than the advancement–of communication.

    1. Grant S. says:

      I agree. “Serene” obviously didn’t get this job because of her writing “skills.” It’s Los Angeles. Success here means being blond, white, and having big teeth so as to give the impression of being attractive. She’s a pathetic writer, but she b**w the right guy.

  51. Hunter Todd says:

    Descriptions are only given if the perps are white so it’s a certainty it was black man (of course) who stole the elderly woman’s necklace.

  52. Obamaisnear says:

    The fact that no race was mentioned and only “men” clearly identifies the perps as black or hispanic.

  53. Gringo says:

    When this cretin is found and positively ID’ed, he should be taken to the nearest tree, and affixed with a little testicle sized noose.

  54. ricardo maxwell says:

    It’s time to a)stop liberalism and criminal coddling and
    b) Start neutralizing the vast number of crimes committed by these young gangster.

  55. JR says:

    Yeah, big tough guy assaults grandma and takes the physical remebrance of her dead husband.


  56. Mark says:

    best comments on any board great job!! Better than FML

  57. David Sohns says:

    The suspect who took the necklace was described as a black man in his early 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and with a thin build. He wore a green T-shirt, a green baseball cap and dark-colored shorts

  58. Peggy says:

    Sure does take “a big man” to assualt a 93-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA taking a stroll WITH A WALKER!!! An the thief is such an athlete that he then “runs” to a CAR and hops in to get away….(I don’t know the race of the perp, but this area is now much more black and Hispanic than anything else, so…….)

  59. Kent says:

    CBS are a bunch of PC cowards.

  60. saxm22 says:

    I think it is sexist to mention two males in their twenties. it should state two people in their twenties.

  61. GrandmaJ says:

    You know they’re BLACK!

    Listen to your own eyes and ears.
    If you are not blind or deaf – don’t act like you are.
    Make up your own mind – don’t need the liberal slanted media.

  62. Joe Deliah says:

    Sher derserves it. Flashing he jewlrey like that

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