LAWRENCEVILLE -- Parviz Moledina's alleged killer lived five houses down and across the street -- roughly 450 feet from her front door.
Moledina -- described by a neighbor as a 64-year-old cosmetologist from Toronto and a cancer patient -- was found inside her home on Alamein Drive in Lawrenceville on the day before Thanksgiving. She was stabbed more than 20 times.
By Saturday, Eric Lamont Bolling, 19, and Justin Eldridge, 18, were arrested in connection with her death. Bolling, the only one of the teenaged cousins charged with murder, lived just down the street from the crime scene, police said.
Gwinnett County police released the duo's alleged motive on Monday.
"GCPD detectives believe this crime was motivated by robbery or burglary," spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. "It is unknown whether or not the suspect knew Moledina was home at the time the crime was committed."
Knocks on the door at Bolling's residence, where Eldridge had also lived recently, went unanswered early Monday afternoon.
A bicycle and Razor scooter rested idly in the driveway, a newspaper ignored beside the mailbox.
Up the street, two cars were parked in front of the home where Moledina lived alone. One vehicle blocked the driveway.
As Bolling -- about 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds and sporting long dreadlocks in his mugshot -- and Eldridge -- charged with only theft by receiving -- remained in Gwinnett County jail without bond, authorities released more information about last week's investigation.
-- On Thanksgiving Day, a GCPD officer passed Moledina's vehicle "traveling toward Sugarloaf Mills Mall on Duluth Highway" while occupied by two black males. The driver eluded the officer as he attempted to turn around, but a "thorough search" later uncovered the victim's Volvo station wagon in the mall parking lot.
-- For several hours, surveillance was conducted on the vehicle and the few open portions of Sugarloaf Mills.
"Several potential suspects were watched and then eliminated from suspicion," Smith said. "The actual suspects were not apprehended at that time."
-- After surveillance was completed, the vehicle was seized and searched. "Documents" located in the car led detectives to Bolling and Eldridge.
-- Search warrants were executed at both teens' homes and "property belonging to the victim was located," Smith said.
Any potential relationship or prior contact between the suspects and victim was unclear Monday.
A neighbor, who told police Moledina was "pretty even keeled," said the elderly cancer patient had lived in the Burnham Ridge subdivision for a "relatively short amount of time."
"Moledina had been having a lot of renovations done on the home ... (and) there were many workers that were coming and going over the past few months," the neighbor said, according to an incident report obtained by the Daily Post.
A September arrest charging Eldridge with marijuana possession is the only local criminal history of either suspect, online jail records showed.