Homeowner chases away armed home invaders
Two men, one armed with a hammer and the other with a grubber, smashed their way into a couple's rural home in the middle of the night but fled empty-handed after the homeowner confronted them.
Police were called to the home in Cheviot, North Canterbury, about 12.30am on Sunday.
Constable Tim Sandford said the couple was left ''shaken'' by the break-in, but the incident was not ''random''.
The alleged offenders and the homeowners knew each other, he said.
Two men allegedly smashed their way through a locked door.
The man who lived at the home confronted the pair. There was an altercation, but no one was injured, Sandford said.
The men left in a car when the man's partner yelled out that police were on their way.
A 58-year-old man was arrested nearby about an hour later.
He appeared before a Christchurch District Court registrar yesterday charged with aggravated burglary. He was remanded on bail without plea to August 11.
- The Press
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