Son, grandson help 93-year-old woman targeted by burglar

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KENNEDY TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

Authorities said a couple of relatives helped police catch a burglar accused of targeting an elderly woman in Kennedy Township.

Police told Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski that a burglar has broken into a 93-year-old woman’s Poplar Street home several times recently.

“We had been noticing money was missing from the house,” the woman’s grandson, Nick Gyroy, said.

When the suspect, 49-year-old Vern Zielinski, allegedly broke into the woman’s home Thursday morning, Gyroy and his father were waiting for him.

“I turned the light on so he could see a little better because I knew him. He used to work with my brother at one time. I said, ‘Vern, will this help you?’” Donald Gyror said.

Nick and Donald Gyror said the expected they knew the suspect, and they were right.

“He turned around and came after me, so I did whatever I had to do to hold him,” Donald Gyroy said.

The Gyroys eventually held Zielinski long enough for police to arrive.

As Zielinski was being taken away in police custody, Kaminski asked why he broke into the woman’s home and he said, “No.”