Stolen vehicle linked to Levin home invasion found
A vicious home invasion in Levin has been linked to Otaki with the discovery of a stolen vehicle on Otaki's Marine Parade.
Five men wearing balaclavas forced their way into the home of an elderly couple and their son during an aggravated robbery on the outskirts of Levin early Tuesday morning.
The couple, both aged 72, and their 40-year-old son, were tied up after discovering the offenders trying to break into the house at their market garden in Joblins Rd around 5.45am
The son was forced to the ground and hit with a metal bar around five times by one of the offenders during demands for the keys to a gun cabinet, as well as cash.
Detective sergeant Peter Vine said the offenders also stole one of the victim's vehicles, a 2009 black Holden Colorado four-wheel- drive. The vehicle was located by police at 6pm that evening on the beachfront off Marine Parade at Otaki Beach.
"We believe the offenders arrived at the property in a vehicle and left in this vehicle and the victims'," said Mr Vine.
"We cannot disclose at this stage the amount of cash that was taken from the property.
"We are currently investigating this matter and ask anyone that has any information about this incident to please contact us."
Mr Vine said police were certainly keen to speak with anyone who may have seen the black Holden Colorado with the registration EZP335 around Otaki Beach or any suspicious activity along Marine Parade.
The offenders also took cash, two rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and personal effects, including electronics and a laptop computer.
A relative of the victims, John Matangi, said despite everything the family felt "very fortunate" as the attack had the potential to be even worse than it was.
Mr Matangi said while his brother-in-law was helping police with their investigation, his parents-in-law were recovering from their ordeal and spending time with family and "enjoying being with the grandchildren".
"Never in your wildest dreams do you expect to have this happen. They're good people," he said.
"They're feeling remarkably calm and collected, which is a credit to them, but we're all certainly breathing a sigh of relief."
- Anyone with information should contact the Levin police on 366 0500. Information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.