An 85-year-old woman was robbed Monday evening by two teenage boys, one of them armed with a handgun, after they came to her house and asked to use the telephone.

The youths first came to the woman's house about 6:30 p.m. and asked to use the phone. The woman let the two in the house and they left about 10 minutes later after making a call, according to a police report.About a half-hour later, the youths returned and asked to use the phone again. This time one of the youths displayed a handgun, frightening the woman so much that she dared not leave her chair, while the other ransacked her bedroom, then went to the kitchen where he tore the phone from the wall, the report said.

After the two left, the woman went to a neighbor's house to call police.

She told police $40 was taken from her purse.