Cowardly attacks on the elderly continue south of Port Macquarie

Manning Valley Police have managed to make arrests after the latest incident.

A 75-year-old man and his 70-year old wife were in the bedroom of their Bushland Drive home at 11.40am Wednesday when two men broke into the home.

Two bags and an amount of cash was taken before the pair fled.

The elderly woman gave chase to the offenders along with a good samaritan who came to her aid.

Officers conducted patrols of the area and arrested two men aged 21 and 31 at a nearby shopping centre. 

An amount of cash was allegedly found in the pants of two of the men during their arrest while one of the stolen bags was located in the grounds of a nearby school.

The men were taken to Taree Police Station and charged with aggravated break, enter and steal where they were refused bail.

They were due to appear in Taree Local Court today.

In another incident an elderly couple broken into and assaulted in the early hours of New Years Day.

Two males forced their way into the Flett Street home through a security door.

The women was held in a headlock and threatened with a knife while money was being demanded.

Her husband was hit to the head with an unknown object.

The offenders fled with an amount of cash, a mobile phone, wallet and personal papers.

The two injured victims were were taken to Manning Rural Referral Hospital and treated for the injuries sustained in the attack.

The first man has been described to police as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance in his early 20s, 165cm tall with a solid build. He was wearing a blue and white striped football jersey. 

The second man was also of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance in his early 20's and 152cm tall with a solid build. He was wearing a dark green hooded jumper and carrying a knife.

Police are exploring the possibility the two incidences are linked but said they have no confirmation as yet.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Taree Police or Crime Stoppers on 1 800 333 000.

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