DETECTIVES have spent the day hunting two men in Armidale believed to be behind a violent home invasion that injured an elderly lady.
Detectives and the proactive crime team scoured several streets across the town on Monday morning after finding the victim's car dumped out the front of a unit block in Niagra Street about midday.
On Sunday night, the offenders forced their way into the 76-year-old woman's home in Erskine Street about 8.15pm.
She was struck in the head with an object and pushed by the offenders who stole her handbag, personal goods and her car and fled.
"It can only be described as a cowardly and despicable act," New England Detective Inspector Roger Best told the Leader.
The car has been seized for forensic investigations after it was found abandoned. Eyewitnesses told officers they saw it being taken on a joyride around town.
"We're appealing for anyone that may have seen the 2013 silver Volkswagen sedan, bearing ACT number plates, being driven around in the Eastern Armidale area, including Parry Parade," he said.
"We're particularly appealing for anyone that might have seen the car or the men inside."
The elderly woman was treated at the home by paramedics for a head injury, but was not taken to hospital.
Forensic officers combed the house for clues and now detectives are hunting two men believed to be behind the home invasion.
One man is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, aged in his 20s, about 170cm tall, with a solid build. He was last seen wearing a light grey coloured hooded jumper and light grey coloured tracksuit pants.
The second offender is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, aged in his 20s, about 190cm tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper and tracksuit pants.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Armidale detectives on 6771 0699.