Once the woman moved into a nursing home, there was nobody at the unincorporated Tacoma house to ward off burglars.
Neighbors noticed the front door wide open Wednesday and called 911. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies responded and found four people rummaging around inside.
Three men and one woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to a single count of residential burglary.
One of the men claimed he was asked to help one of his friend’s grandparents move out of the home and did not realize it was a burglary.
The victim’s son was called to the house to identify his mother’s stolen items, which included a TV, belt buckles and an ivory walking cane.
Also missing was the victim’s truck, which had been parked in the driveway. The keys, which had been hanging on the garage wall, were also gone.
Prosecutors said they are unsure whether the defendants stole the truck but further charges could be filed.