Horrifying moment 88-year-old wheelchair-bound UK man robbed again in less than two months
The horrifying moment an 88-year-old wheelchair-bound man is robbed for the second time in two months has been caught on camera.
Police want to speak to 24-year-old Slovakian national Tomas Mizikar in connection with an incident at 88-year-old veteran Dennis Birch's home in Leeds on August 27.
West Yorkshire Police said: "At 6.35pm that day, the victim was asleep in his wheelchair with the front door open due to the warm weather when the property was entered and cash was stolen from a wallet."
"When the victim woke up a suspect engaged him in conversation at the front door before being disturbed by passers-by and leaving the scene."
"Tomas Mizikar has been linked to the offence as a result of enquiries and officers are keen to establish his current whereabouts."
"He has previously used the name David and has links to the Harehills area and to Slovakia."
The second burglary comes just weeks after Mr Birch watched as a man entered his home in July and stole money.
West Yorkshire Police said: "The same victim was targeted in similar circumstances on July 10 in what is being treated as a separate offence."
In this earlier incident, security cameras capture the moment the brazen thief enters the home of Birch, who was sitting in his wheelchair watching television.
Footage shows the man attempt to speak in a friendly manner to Mr Birch in broken English, while clearly scoping the surrounding area for items of value.
While distracting Mr Birch, the thief picks up his wallet from the counter, quickly rifles through it and walks off with a five-pound note.
The theft happened so quickly that Mr Birch didn't even realise he'd been robbed, according to his stepson, Paul Daley.
The family only suspected something had happened when his carer called to say he'd seen the live video of an unknown man entering the property.
Enquiries are still ongoing to identify the suspect shown in the CCTV images for that offence.
Paul has set up a GoFundMe for his step-dad to stay secure in his home of over 40 years.
"My step-dad is technically of sound mind and can make his own decisions, he is adamant that he wants to stay in his house of 40 years," his step-son said.