Police: 81-year-old man beaten, robbed inside his home

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Statesville are investigating a case in which an 81-year-old man was beaten and robbed at his home early on Tuesday morning.

According to the report, two armed men went to the man's home in the 300 block of Stockton Street, broke through the back door, then attacked the man and stole cash, along with two televisions and a cell phone.

The victim said that the two men were carrying "revolvers with a shiny finish," and that the men struck him with the guns as they robbed him.

The victim was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Police said that just about four hours prior to the break-in, the same man reported that someone tried to kick in his front door.  Police responded and searched the area but did not find anyone.

Neighbors were shocked that the crime happened, saying that, with the exception of a lot of traffic, Stockton Street is usually pretty quiet.

Police said that there was a similar attack on May 7 at a home on Hillard Street.  In that case someone broke into a home and assaulted a 62-year-old man.

Police say they do not know if the cases are related.

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