Invader may be serial culprit: Police
A HOME invader grabbed an elderly man by the throat yesterday morning before helping himself to the $30 in the man’s change jar in an incident police fear may be linked to other break-ins around Lismore.
The home invasion was the second break-in at the 76-year-old man’s Dalley Street home in six weeks and comes only days after a 74-year-old woman confronted a thief in her Wyrallah Road home.
Richmond Local Area Command acting crime manager, Acting Inspector Bernadette Ingram, said the thief in the Sunday incident fled empty-handed after being confronted by the woman. He did not assault her.
Acting Insp Ingram said police were unable to say yet whether any or all of the break-ins were connected, but couldn’t rule it out.
However, there were similarities in the descriptions given by the man and the woman for the offender in this week’s incidents. There was no description for the earlier break-in at the man’s house.
In yesterday’s incident, the man realised someone had broken in through the front door between 7.30am and 7.45am.
When he found the intruder, the thief grabbed the man by the throat and demanded money. The man pointed the thief to his change jar, which contained about $30 in coins.
Acting Insp Ingram said the man was not badly hurt and later refused treatment by ambulance officers.
The intruder was described as having an African or Aboriginal appearance, about 180cm tall with a skinny build, dark clothing and a grey cap or hat with little or no brim.
That matches the description given by the woman who found an intruder in her home about 12.30pm Sunday.
The intruder at Wyrallah Road was described as having an Aboriginal appearance, aged in his early 20s, about 180cm tall with a slim build. He wore white or cream-coloured track pants, a grey long-sleeved shirt and a white peaked cap.
“We would like to remind people, particularly the elderly, to be vigilant about the security of their homes,” Acting Insp Ingram said. “Although it is nice to have the house open in warmer weather, it’s always a good idea to have screen doors and windows locked at all times.”
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Lismore Police Station on 6626 0599.