Robert Garrett appeared on petition at Stranraer Sheriff Court where he was charged with assault and robbery. He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody. The case was continued.
Police had earlier told how the pensioner had heard a knock at his door at around 11.15pm last Saturday. Upon opening, he was confronted with two people, one of whom overpowered him, knocking him to the ground.
Over £200 in cash was taken from the man before the two left. He was left shaken and distressed.
Detective Inspector Bryan Lee of Police Scotland said following the arrest: “Our enquiries are ongoing into this robbery and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public in Stranraer for their valuable assistance which has assisted us in making one arrest at this time. Anyone who may still feel that they have information which may be of assistance to us should get in touch through 101.”
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Detective Constable Garry Mitchell said after the attack: “This is a cowardly attack on an elderly man in his own home and we are asking for the public’s help to catch those responsible.”
The two who called at the house were described as (1) male, about 30 years, 5’9” tall, stocky build, short cropped hair, wearing dark blue jeans a dark grey top and a dark blue hoodless rain jacket.
The second person is only described as being about 5’7” tall and was wearing denim jeans and a hooded jacket.