Five teenagers have been arrested after a home invasion in South Auckland early today in which an occupant of the house was injured in an assault.
Police said the incident happened about 1.30am when five offenders armed with a firearm and knives entered the house in Papakura.
The offenders assaulted some of the occupants and threatened others with the firearm and a knife before leaving with electrical items. One occupant of the house later required medical treatment as a result of the assault.
Police who were already patrolling the area saw the alleged offenders' vehicle and stopped it a shord istance away. Property stolen from the burgled address was allegedly found in the car.
Other property, including laptop computer equipment, was found along the route the offenders travelled before being stopped by police.
The firearm, described as a long weapon, has not been recovered and may have been thrown from the car as it left the scene, said Detective Senior Sergeant Aaron Proctor of Papakura Police.
He asked that anyone finding a firearm discarded on the roadside in the Papakura East area contact the police immediately.
Five people, aged from 15 to 19, have been arrested and will be charged with aggravated burglary. They are due to appear in the Papakura District Court next week.