Elderly man pushed from wheelchair, robbed

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – A 75-year-old man was robbed Tuesday night, February 25, and according to Daphne Police, no arrests have been made.

Officials said Robert Huber was targeted by two robbers who stole his SHARP television, Sony DVD player, and Mediacom cable box.

The robbery happened at his home on Church Avenue near Bayside Academy in Daphne. Huber, a disabled Veteran, described the ordeal.

“Somebody knocked on the door; I answered it. When I opened the door, they pushed the wheelchair and me down. I happen to have a life watch. So I posted and called the police. They took off. They didn’t get much. Just got one TV,” said Huber.

Huber credits his LifeAlert system for saving his life.

“LifeAlert was talking to me over the speaker. And if wasn’t for that, they could’ve been 30 minutes and take any damn thing they wanted,” said Huber.

Lieutenant Jud Beedy with the Daphne Police Department said this is an an-all-hands-on-deck investigation.

“We are following up on some leads. We are canvassing the neighborhood. We have had everybody we got working on it this morning. It’s not something that typically happens in Daphne and we’re going to do our best to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Lt. Beedy.

Huber said he feels the same way.

“I’d like them to be off the street. I don’t want it to happen anybody else. I was fortunate. I could be dead right now because of that. It makes me sick (that) as a disabled veteran, I can’t live here in peace,” said Huber.

“Most predators take advantage of the weak. It is an elderly man, is in a wheelchair, he was alone. (He would )be a prime target for somebody that’s going to take advantage of people who can’t defend himself. That’s what we are here for. We are going to do our best to make sure everybody in this, if they can’t defend themselves, we’re going to do our best they are safe in the house,” said Lt. Beedy.

One of the biggest clues police have to go on at this point is Huber’s missing television. It is a 60 inch SHARP Aquos HDTV.

If you have any information on this case, call Daphen police at (251) 621-9100.

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