Another crazy story for us to highten the awareness and hopefully prevent things like this from happening in the future...
LAKELAND -- Walking through an unlocked door, the victim thought the man already inside was a legit customer.
But within minutes, the client she had talked to on the phone hours before revealed he was part of a dangerous duo.
"She had been tied up and had a knife to her throat," said Bethany Barlow, the victim's daughter.
Barlow told us the attack came as soon as her mother turned her back. She says the two men threatened the realtor's life, then tied her up and locked her in the laundry room of the home on South Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.
After waiting for her attackers to leave, the victim escaped through the back door.
"They're dangerous people," said Ryan Barlow, the victim's son. "No matter what they looked like or what they used, they were definitely threatening. They need to be caught."
Lakeland Police are now tracking the bad guys by tracking the times they've tried to use credit cards they stole from the victim. Investigators are now warning other realtors to be wary of supposed clients who could be crooks.
"They should let people in their offices know when they go on calls, it's better to be safe than be sorry," Lakeland Police spokesperson Jack Gillen said.
It's a crazy world out there.....be careful friends!!