Police believe a 77-year-old Wentworth Falls man who was assaulted in a break-in on Wednesday night was the victim of a targeted attack.
"An incident of this type is very rare for the Blue Mountains and we believe it was a targeted attack," Superintendent Darryl Jobson told a press conference at Springwood Police Station this morning (Thursday).
Superintendent Jobson said five registered handguns and four registered rifles were stolen in the break-in at Maple Grove sometime between 6 and 8pm on Wednesday, February 6.
"About this time at least one male has entered the garage area of those premises and has confronted the 77-year-old male victim. There was confrontation, the male was assaulted and he was also tied up," he said.
The man's wife found him in the garage about 8pm after becoming concerned for his whereabouts.
Superintendent Jobson said the man may have suffered a "slight heart attack". He is currently in Nepean Hospital in a stable condition.
"It's certainly a cowardly attack, that's why we're treating it very seriously," he said.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.