12:25pm Thursday 28th November 2013
AN elderly man was the victim of a terrifying robbery by two men who burst into his Oldbury home and tried to gag him before escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Detectives said the 88-year-old pensioner was left with a cut lip and a bruise in the shape of a hand print.
Details of the attack on Monday November 18 have only just been released by police who are appealing for witnesses.
The pair forced their way into the hallway of the house in Winwood Road at about 7pm, knocking the victim to the ground after he opened the door.
One of the robbers held a cloth over his face, whilst demanding to know where the money was, as the other man searched the house.
Detective Constable Mitch Buchanan said: " I am very keen to hear from anyone who may be able to provide us with more information about these individuals, who we know were young, white men.
"Perhaps you were in the area at around 7pm on Monday night and saw two people acting suspiciously in or around this area? If so I want you to get in touch.
"We're already following up a number of lines of inquiry and, although crimes of this nature are extraordinarily rare, these are clearly dangerous individuals and it's important we get them behind bars as quickly as possible.
"These men targeted a vulnerable elderly victim. If you know who is responsible please do the right thing and name them."
Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been visiting residents in the area following the robbery.
Inspector Lee Bartram said: "This type of incident is thankfully very rare, but I understand the impact that this will have on the local community.
"I would encourage residents to use door chains or other security measures when answering to unexpected callers, particularly during the hours of darkness.
"We constantly distribute crime prevention advice and anyone wishing to discuss specific concerns can contact their local neighbourhood team directly on 101."
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact DC Buchanan at the Dudley Force CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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