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Elderly man forced to watch robbery

Saturday, 14th September, 2019

The burnt out car in Sampson Street on Friday morning. PICTURE: Emily McInerney The burnt out car in Sampson Street on Friday morning. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

An immobile elderly man had to watch his home get ransacked when two men invaded his Morgan Street home about 2.15am yesterday.

The resident had recently suffered a stroke and was unable to move as the men went through his belongings.

The man’s grandson appealed for information about the disgraceful act on social media yesterday.

“They took his wallet, pants, money, cigarettes and a medic alert worth $400,” the grandson said.

“One (of the men) grunted at him, but no one said anything.”

The intruders then swiped the man’s car keys and stole his car.

They went on a joyride before abandoning the car in Sampson Street near the PCYC, then set it on fire.

“He is feeling okay, a little rattled as expected,” the grandson said.

“Forensics are inspecting, I had a response saying that people tried to break into cars near the hospital, so it may be related.”

Broken Hill Fire Station station officer Dean Scifleet said they were called to the car fire about 3am.

“Two crews, one from Broken Hill and one from South Broken Hill attended the blaze,” he said. “The fire was extinguished quickly.”

On arrival, crews found the car well alight on a dirt path.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 10 minutes. 

The car was destroyed. Police are investigating. 

The BDT contacted police for comment.

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