Two Otaki men have been remanded in custody after being
charged in relation to a home invasion in Levin last month.
Police are hunting for three others they think were involved.
About 5.45am on November 28, five masked people forced their
way into the home and assaulted a 40-year-old man, before
tying him up along with his elderly parents and then
ransacking their house and stealing money.
Members of the armed offenders squad and plain clothed and
uniform police simultaneously raided two Otaki houses on
Tuesday, arresting the men aged 39 and 41.
Both appeared in Levin District Court jointly charged with
aggravated robbery, kidnapping and aggravated injury. A short
time after the first two raids, a search warrant was executed
on a third house in Otaki where a 38-year-old was arrested
and charged with unrelated drugs offences.
Detective Darcy Park, of the Levin Criminal Investigation
Branch, said the arrests went "as smooth as silk' and now the
search would concentrate on the other three alleged
Mr Park said apart from the cash that was stolen, an
estimated $5000 worth of jewellery, computer and firearms had
been found dumped not far from the victims' home. A vehicle
stolen during the robbery was found at Otaki Beach later in
the day of the home invasion.
- Peter Franklin of the Horowhenua Chronicle