Warrnambool man, 66, bashed, robbed

A MIDDLE-AGED Warrnambool man has been left badly shaken after he was bashed and robbed in a brazen attack on Sunday night.

Detective Senior Constable Jason Bourke, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the 66-year-old victim was standing in the front yard of his Morriss Road home about 9.30pm when he was robbed.

He said the man was approached by two offenders, bashed and a bag containing cash stolen.

“The victim was standing in his front yard when two offenders have come up behind him and assaulted him,” Detective Senior Constable Bourke said.

“The victim was struck to the head, he’s gone to ground and the offenders have fled with his bag south along Morriss Road.”

Detective Senior Constable Bourke described the attack as brazen.

“It’s very random,” he said.

“We’re appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Morriss Road area about 9.30 on Sunday night to contact the Warrnambool CIU or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

“The victim is OK but he’s very shaken by the ordeal.”

Colac police are hunting four men involved in an aggravated burglary at the Colac International College in Church Street early yesterday. 

Detective Senior Constable Mick Palmer, of the Colac police crime investigation unit, said the four offenders assaulted a resident and unsuccessfully attempted to steal property.

The victim suffered a broken nose and cuts to the lip after being punched. He was woken up by the offenders and a confrontation led to the men trying to take his mobile telephone.

Thieves also netted jewellery, cash and other items valued at $10,000 from a house in Kemp Street, Colac, late last week.

Detective Senior Constable Palmer said the victim was away from home on Thursday night and returned the next day to find her premises ransacked.

Anyone with information about either offence is requested to contact Colac CIU.

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