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"We'll find him, I mean, if it takes every last dollar I've got, I'll find out who it is."

A suspect is on the run after committing a crime that many people in Clay are calling unbelievable.  

Bobby Tanner answered his front door Sunday evening in his hometown of Nebo.  He says a man duct taped his wrists and threw him on his bed.  

Tanner is disabled and in the beginning stages of dementia. The suspect took off with nearly $30,000 in cash.

"If they asked for it he'd give it to them, and they just took advantage of him," said Tanner's niece, Lesha Butcher.  

Family members said Tanner has worked hard his whole life and saved money from every pay check he's ever earned.  Until this, he's never had a reason to be suspicious.

State Police in Clay said Tanner was duct taped in his home alone for at least 3 hours.  He was eventually able to get out of the tape and went to a neighbor's house for help.

Those neighbors took Tanner to the Clay State Police Detachment. 

"I'm very angry.  Why anybody would do this to a disabled person, let alone an elderly person, Bob would give someone his last dollar if they needed it," said Butcher.  

State Police said says nothing else in Tanner's home was touched.  They knew exactly what they wanted.  "So obviously, it was someone who knew him and knew where his items were," said Trooper Brandon Smith.  

Butcher said her Uncle has never used a bank.  "He just saves his money.  People nowadays think they can just keep their money at their house and they cant.  They're not safe," said Butcher.  

In the meantime, a community is banding together to support one of their own.

If you have any information, or if you've noticed anything suspicious in Nebo or Clay, you're asked to contact the Clay Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.