An elderly war veteran and his wife were threatened with a
crowbar in a "frightening ordeal" when intruders forced their
way into their home and stole precious belongings, including
a veteran's badge.
Police said the elderly couple were woken about 6.45am on
Sunday, when two men entered their home in New Lynn, west
Auckland, and demanded money and jewellery.
One of the men then stood guard over the couple in their
bedroom, holding a crow bar towards them, while the other man
searched the house for things to steal.
Police said the offenders fled a short time later with
several items, some of which had great sentimental value to
the victims. They included a distinctive beige-coloured
casual jacket with no collar, an elastic waist and wrist
bands, and a Hawaiian name and an emblem on the left breast.
Pinned to its left breast was a blue and gold war veteran's
badge that had been awarded to the elderly victim in 2006 by
then Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Detective Sergeant Eugene Pickett said the couple were not
physically harmed in the home invasion and they were being
helped by victim support.
"This was an incredibly frightening ordeal, in the very place
where the couple should have been able to feel safe.
"Not only has their home been invaded, but things that meant
a great deal to them, like the gentleman's war pin, have been
stolen from them and they are very shaken.
"Someone out there may know or suspect who has done this and
we would appeal to the conscience of anyone with information
that could help us - how would you feel if this was your
Police said the offenders fled the scene in a red, mid-80s
four door car.
One was described as a softly spoken, stocky or fat Maori or
Pacific Islander, aged in his mid-20s to mid-30s. The other
was a slim Maori or Pacific Islander in his mid-20s to
Mr Pickett said anyone who recognised the jacket or badge
should contact Waitakere police on 09 213 8049 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.