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Man: I thought home invaders were grandkids

Ninety-one-year-old Emmett Evans doesn't mince words.

"Some hoodlums robbed me!" the small-framed man said Tuesday night as Tampa police took casts of the tire tracks in his front yard.

Evans was in his living room at 8709 N Ashley Drive, watching a football game rerun at 5:20 p.m. when he heard a knock at the front door.

Evans' eyesight isn't what it used to be. And his hearing is a little off. So when the kids at the door acted like they knew him, he let them in.

"All I could figure was it was some of my grandkids," he said.

But as a young Hispanic woman and two Hispanic men began rooting around his house, Evans started having doubts.

"I don't remember you," the retired cabdriver said. "I don't remember you."

The young woman asked for a water, until she spotted a Pepsi. Evans started to help her with it. But the men shoved the elderly man into his bedroom and onto his bed.

They took a wallet out of Evans' back pocket, found $3 cash and tossed it back on the bed in disgust. Evans was worried about what losing his Medicare card. "I told him not to take that," he said.

The threesome looked through Evans' closets, which have held his belongings since he built the house in 1944. Then they tore through his drawers. When one of the men began to leave Evans' bedroom, Evans followed him, but the stranger shoved him back onto his bed and shut the door.

Evans, who was not seriously hurt, figures he falls down often enough all by himself and he doesn't need the help of muscular men pushing him around: "I tell you the truth, gal," he said to a reporter after the incident, "I've never had nobody shove me and hurt me. It was like shoving a baby around."

Not finding anything they considered to be of value, the three left the house, taking only Evans' phones.

Evans went to a neighbor, who called the police.

Tampa police are searching for the three, who Evans said got away in a brown or tan vehicle. The woman is said to be in her 20s with brown-blonde hair in a pony tail. The men were muscular, one taller than the other, described as being in their 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.