Photo of White Suzuki panel van in relation to East Lismore House fire.
Photo of White Suzuki panel van in relation to East Lismore House fire. Contributed

Have you seen van from bash, robbery?

POLICE are searching for a vehicle stolen when a 74-year-old East Lismore man was tied up, bashed, robbed and his house set alight.

Inspector Cameron Lindsay said police believed two masked men stole the vehicle before setting fire to the home on Sunday, October 6.

"Police are looking for a white 1990 Suzuki panel van, registration JWA-014 that was allegedly taken by the offenders," he said.

Insp Lindsay said the man was robbed after being tied up and bashed, and a number of stolen items may be in the Suzuki van.

"Police believe the fire was deliberately lit and the 74-year-old resident had been restrained and assaulted before being left in the burning house."

Police allege some military swords, bayonets and knives were stolen from the man.

Insp Lindsay said the two masked men were still at large.

They are both described as being about 163cm tall with solid builds.

Emergency services responded to reports of the house fire on the corner of Spring St and Second Ave just before 10.20pm.

When they arrived they found the two-storey brick and timber residence was well alight.

Neighbours who feared the man was in the home tried to free him but the front door was padlocked from the inside.

The man spent a week in Lismore Base Hospital after suffering a broken nose, facial bruising, minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Police said they believed robbery could have been the motive.



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