ATHENA?- Two elderly men are in the hospital after someone apparently broke into their home during the latter part of the week.

The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is investigating the burglary, which happend at a house north of Athena. Sheriff John Trumbo said it's the second time this house has been burglarized, but this time the assailant beat up the two men living there. Both men are in their 80s.

"It was fairly serious because of their age,"?he said.

Trumbo declined to release the names of the victims.

He said the situation has been difficult to investigate because Detective Rhiana Sheridan has been unable to get a clear story from the men. It's still unclear what the assailant took or when it happened. Trumbo said it could have been any time between Thursday and when the men were brough to the hospital Friday.

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