Port Alberni RCMP ask for assistance in home invasion of senior
The Port Alberni RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to catch the person responsible for a home invasion Tuesday in the Vancouver Island City.
Shortly after 6 p.m. last evening Port Alberni RCMP were dispatched to a home invasion at a residence in the 2500 block of 10th Avenue.
After arriving the sole occupant of the home, an 84 year old man, told police he answered his front door after hearing the doorbell.
A suspect forced his way past the victim, entered the home and pushed the elderly man to the ground. The suspect proceeded to steal the wallet from his back pocket and rummage through other areas of the home.
Afterwards, the male intruder fled the residence on foot via the front door. The victim was able to summon help a short time later.
General Duty Officers and the Police Dog Service flooded the area but were unable to locate the suspect. A full examination of the scene has been completed by the Port Alberni Forensic Identification Service.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 40-50 years of age wearing grey clothing and a grey toque.
“This cowardly act has victimized a vulnerable member of our community”, states Cpl. Jen Allan of the Port Alberni RCMP.
“Our investigators will not rest until the person responsible is identified and arrested. If you have information that will assist us, contact us now”.
The Port Alberni RCMP are reaching out to community partners responsible for the care of our seniors, to ensure that valuable safety information is provided to them.
Local care givers of elderly relatives or friends are encouraged to take the time to speak with their seniors to review personal and home security plans, and to strengthen their networks of communication by including watchful neighbours and others.