Burglars hold down elderly man

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 13:06 03/12/2013

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A 94-year-old man was held down in his bed while intruders burgled his home in what police are describing as a ''despicable'' crime.

The elderly Oamaru man, who lives alone, awoke to noises inside his home at about 2.45am.

Detective Sergeant Dan Keno said said a number of items valuable to the elderly man were taken but would not reveal details.

Police were conducting a scene examination at the house.

Keno urged anyone who may have information that might help in solving the crime to contact Oamaru police on 03 433-1400. People could also provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"Clearly for the elderly victim this is very distressing and upsetting," he said.

"He is currently being supported by Victim Support and we are facilitating as much support for him as possible. However, he's doing very well considering these events.

"Targeting elderly people in our community is despicable and police will be doing their utmost to locate those responsible and hold them to account."

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