Phone lines to a Levin property were cut before a group of
balaclava-clad men tied up and robbed a family of guns, cash
and a vehicle early today.
An elderly couple and their son were tied up in the home
invasion in Levin this morning.
The family was woken by noise outside about 5.45am, police
When they went to investigate they found five people in
balaclavas trying to break in.
A relative of the family, John Matangi, told Fairfax the
couple, both 72, and their 40-year-old son were tied up while
the men searched the house.
The phone lines were cut and the house flooded as all the
taps were turned on and the men demanded cash, he said.
The younger man was hit in the face about five times as the
men demanded the keys to the gun cabinet.
The elderly man managed to free himself and biked a short
distance for help afterwards.
The elderly couple were "fine, just a bit shaken" and their
son had a cut to his face and a swollen eye, Mr Matangi said.
Police said the offenders took cash, two rifles, a shotgun,
ammunition, personal effects, and one of the victim's
"We believe the offenders arrived at the property in a
vehicle and left in this vehicle and the victims'," police
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