Robbery Information Appeal – Melchbourne

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Knotting Green, Melchbourne.

At around 8pm on Thursday (7 January), two men knocked on the door of a property before restraining the elderly occupant and demanding money.

The offenders, dressed in black and wearing black balaclavas, made off with cash from the victim’s wallet.

Detective Constable Darren Armitage, investigating, said: “The victim was badly shaken and shocked, but thankfully not injured as a result of this incident.

“This was a particularly callous act on an elderly victim in his own home. We are committed to finding those responsible and I urge anyone who was in this area at the time to contact me if they saw anything suspicious or has any information relating to this offence.”

Call DC Armitage on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, with information.

Enquiries are ongoing and house to house visits have been conducted in the area for community reassurance.

Safety advice
Residents are advised to verify callers’ identity before fully opening the door. If you have a chain, keep this fastened when you go to the door.

If in any doubt that the caller is not there for a legitimate purpose, such as a pre-arranged visit, do not open the door or let the person into your home.

Handbags, wallets, cash and house or car keys are obvious targets for criminals, so don’t leave them in a prominent position or in view of windows.

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