A home invasion involving an elderly female victim was reported Thursday at a residence on the 2600 block of 4th Avenue.
Merced police are asking residents to help find the perpetrator.
The incident was reported shortly after 1 p.m. when the robber forced his way into the victim's home, taking her cordless phone, purse, keys -- and her car, according to Cmdr. Floyd Higdon.
The woman suffered minor injuries to her arms during the robbery, Higdon said.
Police was the suspect, a white male with short dark hair, knocked at the woman's door. When she opened the door, he forced the door open and entered the home. He ordered her to sit down in a back room, and left with her property.
He fled in the victim's gray 1997 Buick Avenue four door sedan, license plate number 3XDJ920.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Detective C.R. Russell at (209) 385-2407 or the department's tip line at (209) 385-4725.
Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.