Elderly home invasion victim had been bashed before
POLICE have confirmed a 74-year-old man who was assaulted in a home invasion and robbery at Richmond Hill in November was also robbed, bashed and his East Lismore home was set alight in October.
Crime Manager Inspector Cameron Lindsay said investigations were underway to determine if there were any links between the two incidents.
Insp Lindsay said police were appealing for information after receiving reports a white Holden Commodore with registration TBA-699 stolen in the November 17 Richmond Hill robbery had been seen at Glen Innes.
He said police believed the men involved in the Richmond Hill robbery may have links in the New England area.
"We believe there are people within this community and in the Glen Innes community that know about this offence," he said.
"We're appealing for information from anyone that may have seen a white VR Commodore within the Glen Innes area."
About 1am on November 17, police were called to a home on Richmond Hill Road after receiving information the three occupants had been assaulted and a car had been stolen.
Police found two men aged 74 and 49 and a 55-year-old female suffering severe facial and head injuries.
Officers were told the intruders assaulted the two men, tying one of them with cable ties.
The men also broke into a neighbouring business property stealing electrical items and radio equipment.
The intruders then loaded up the 49-year-old man's white Holden Commodore sedan with items from the house and neighbouring business before leaving.
Paramedics were called and the injured men and woman were taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Anyone with any information on the home invasion and robbery, or who may have seen the white Holden Commodore is urged to call Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.