Armed home invasion in Levin
An elderly couple and their son were tied up during an armed home invasion in Levin this morning.
The victims' relative, John Matangi, said his in-laws, both 72, and his brother-in-law aged in his 40s, were tied up when at least four men entered their Joblins Road home about 5.45am.
He said they were tied up, their house was flooded after all the taps were turned on and the phone lines were cut as the attackers demanded cash.
Matangi's brother-in-law was struck about five times to the face as demands were made for the keys to a gun cabinet.
A .22 calibre rifle was taken, along with a laptop, other electronics and a ute as a getaway car.
Matangi said his 72-year-old father-in-law then biked a short distance to Matangi's home on CB Farm Road about 7.15am.
The elderly couple were "fine, just a bit shaken" and he was thankful that his in-laws were not injured, he said.
Matangi's brother-in-law had a cut to his face and a swollen eye, he said.
It was not known why the property, which was a market garden, was targeted.
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said it was "quite concerning" that the incident took place so close to them.
Earlier this morning, Ty Davidson of Levin CIB said police were conducting interviews but would not say how many people were involved.
No one was seriously injured, he said.
Police would not say how many offenders were involved or if they had any weapons or if any items were taken.