Cancer silences calls for support



A MOUNT Morgan pensioner was unable to call out for help when a thief robbed him earlier this week because he had throat cancer.

The man was robbed in broad daylight after withdrawing money from the Commonwealth Bank on East Street about 4pm on Tuesday.

Police yesterday would not reveal the amount stolen, but it's believed to have been about $2000.

"A person has approached the man and patted him on the back and said g'day mate, how are you going?'' Rockhampton police CIB Detective Sergeant Andrew Broadfoot said.

"The offender has then grabbed the cash that was in the (man's) top shirt pocket ... (and ran) straight off.

Detective Sergeant Broadfoot said the pensioner realised what had happened but was unable to attract help.

"He was not able to yell out because he had cancer of the voicebox and had had a recent operation,'' he said.

"He was fine (afterwards). There was no violence.''

Police yesterday charged two men with stealing in relation to the theft.

A 26-year-old and 21-year-old will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday, February 17.

Police are also searching for a third person believed to have been involved in the robbery.



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