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Armed Home Invasion on Upper Gulph Road

A man fought off his attackers, but not before they grabbed cash and jewelry.

A man was pistol whipped in a home invasion that took place Monday afternoon on Upper Gulph Road, just over the Radnor Township border.

According to 6ABC, 83-year-old Joseph Petrellis said he struggled with one thief while another backed a car into his driveway and came into the house.

"I very seldom open the door without knowing the person on the other side of that door. I made a very big mistake. Before you know, the gun was in my face," he told the TV station. "I never in 20 years living here, I never ever opened that door without knowing the person outside that door. I've never done that. Today was the only time I've done that in 20 years."

Watch the interview with Petrellis here.

Did you see a black 4-door car (possibly a Toyota) with tinted windows, chrome wheels and no license plate in the area Monday afternoon? If so, or if you have any other information, contact police.

David Carrington November 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I see home invasion stories in the news almost every day. Usually intruders just kick-in the door. In my opinion, the most effective and least expensive thing you can do to protect yourself is to add good door security hardware to your doors to make them as secure as possible. You can get what's called a Door Security Pro ( http://www.DoorSecurityPro.com ) which will stop door kick-ins. It's a long, thick metal plate that reinforces wooden door frames which is what usually breaks when someone kicks in a door.
Mark November 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Mr. Carrington invented this product and is founder of the company that sells it, according to the company's website.. Just sayin'...
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out November 13, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Thank you David Carrington for building & offering a potential solution to this problem.
Mark November 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Indeed. And a modest guy who doesn't bother to note that it's his product he's promoting. Capitalizing on the misfortune of others is an admirable quality. And it doesn't diminish the fact that his product likely is an honest answer to a serious problem. Not at all.
Catherine November 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This inventor/marketing wiz has shown even more cleverness and empathy by recommending his product in association with a crime that had nothing to do with door kick-ins. Mr Petrellus, the victim, admits he uncharacteristically opened the door to this unknown gunman. But, who knows, a super product like the Door Security Pro might be capable of preventing even that.
Radnortownship November 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I believe that my friend Mr. Glock would disagree with the assumption that the Door Security Pro is the best choice for home security. 15 in the mag and 1 in the chamber will stop home invaders in their tracks.
andrew k November 15, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I think my 380 might be just a little more effective than your metal plate
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