Hunt for Hillcrest home invader continues

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 08:12 04/12/2013
Hillcrest home invasions
Map of Hillcrest home invasions.

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Police are still hunting a man they believe invaded two homes and a university student village within a couple of hours on the morning of November 3.

There have been no more invasions in the Hamilton suburb of Hillcrest since then, Detective Sergeant Kristine Clarke said.

"We got a good response from the media coverage and we have a number of people nominating suspects and we're working our way through those."

The invasions sparked a police manhunt for what may have been a single offender hitting the three homes.

The first incident was about 3am when a woman, asleep with her partner in their Hillcrest Rd home, woke to find a man holding her hand. The woman screamed and the intruder fled.

Student Sean McVerry walked through the unlocked front door of his Orelio St home at 3.20am and switched on the lounge light to see a hooded figure, dressed in black, point a gun at his face. The intruder fled.

Mr McVerry described him as Maori, about 20 years old and 180cm tall with a black hair and a fringe. He wore black jeans and a hoodie.

About 4.15am, a young woman staying with a female friend at the Orchard Park student village in Silverdale Rd woke to find a man bending over her friend in an adjacent bed.

Ms Clarke said the co-ordinating officer had "never seen so many suspect nominations" from the public.

"It's taking us a little while to work through," she said.

"We'd still be very pleased to hear from anybody who had anything that they think may help us who didn't report it at the time."

She also warned people to keep their homes secure as the weather continued to heat up.

Instead of leaving windows open at night she suggested using a fan to stay cool.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation to progress can call Hamilton Central Police Station on (07) 858 6200, or leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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- Waikato Times

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