A 93-year-old Tehama County man stumbled upon two men burglarizing his home.
Earl Parker said he has lived at his home on Laurel Ave. in Cottonwood for more than 30 years without any major problems, so he was shocked when he came home to find his door completely knocked down and two strangers going through his belongings.
Parker said he had only been gone for about an hour Tuesday afternoon when he came back to find his place ransacked.
When he confronted the two men, they dropped some of the things they had collected from the house and took off.
Parker hopped back into his car and attempted to chase them, but they got away.
Parker's friend and neighbor, Wana Paulsen, called 911 on the burglars. "I don't think we've ever had anything like this happen and you don't expect it, but now it makes you a little bit leery," Paulsen said. "We gotta be a little more careful now."
The suspects did make off with about $200 in cash and a few pieces of jewelry. They also caused about $500 in damages to the house.
Deputies and CHP officers searched the area but they couldn't find them. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.