An elderly quadriplegic man was unable to raise the alarm during a burglary because the intruder removed an oral alarm tube from his mouth, Tasmanian police say.
The 70-year-old was in his bedroom at the house on Gregory Street in Mayfield, a suburb of Launceston, when another man broke in early on Thursday morning.
“The man, who was wearing a balaclava and gloves at the time approached the victim … in his bedroom,” Detective Inspector Gary Williams said in a statement.
The intruder removed an oral alarm tube from the man’s mouth, so he could not blow into it to raise the alarm.
A large amount of cash was taken.
Detective Inspector Williams said it was likely it was a targeted attack.
“Police are appalled by the targeting of an at-risk member of the community and are seeking public assistance in identifying the person responsible for this crime,” he said.
Anyone with information should contact the Launceston police or Crime Stoppers.