Auckland thief’s thirst for liquor
A home invader is believed to be repeatedly breaking into homes and frightening residents in Grey Lynn.
Ilaria Sandri returned to her house on Commercial Rd on the morning of January 16 to find a stranger in her kitchen.
She had returned from work to pick up something she had forgotten.
‘‘I asked who he was and what he was doing here, as five people live here, so it isn’t uncommon to have strangers in the house.’’
He said he was looking for a man named James and that point Sandri realised something was wrong.
Sandri was ‘‘absolutely terrified’’ but adrenaline kicked in.
She asked the man to pass over a backpack he was carrying, and followed him down the street asking him to empty his pockets and then returned home to call the police.
Only a bottle of whisky belonging to the flat was found missing.
There was a prompt response by police who arrived shortly after and deployed the Eagle heli- copter over Grey Lynn searching for the man.
Sergeant Junior Fiu from Avondale police said police received a report of a stranger inside Sandri’s property and was aware of similar reports of a man knocking on the doors of other Grey Lynn properties.
‘‘A large number of officers flooded the area, as well as the Eagle Helicopter, but unfortunately the man was not located,’’ he said.
‘‘Our front-line staff are aware of these reports and we ask that anyone who experiences a similar situation and feels uneasy, or that something isn’t right or seems suspicious, to call police immediately.’’
Sandri has felt unsafe in her home since the incident. She described him as a Caucasian man in his late 50s with light eyes and hair, carrying a backpack.
A similar incident happened to Jessica Brash, who lives on Hepburn St in Ponsonby, when her flat was entered by a man of a similar description in December.
‘‘It is rather worrying how confident he is to simply just enter our house and search around the bedrooms while we are home.’’
The intruder entered claiming to be looking for someone called Jason and a bottle of whisky went missing. The police are making enquiries to identify and locate the man.