"It was ei­ther a kid, or it was a woman, run­ning down the street scream­ing. And then I heard a car engine just speed down the street."

Bay of Plenty Times - - FRONT PAGE -

not hear any­thing, but saw po­lice of­fi­cers on the street when they left for work later in the morn­ing.

Po­lice were car­ry­ing out a scene ex­am­i­na­tion of the house yes­ter­day.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Dar­ryl Bra­zier said two armed men en­tered a house in Water­ford Park Drive about 4.30am and al­legedly as­saulted a man and woman.

Bra­zier said the men were wear­ing masks and stole two cars from the house, a black 2011 Holden Com­modore and a 1998 sil­ver BMW. The ve­hi­cles were found at a ru­ral ad­dress near Pa¯pa¯moa soon after.

The vic­tims suf­fered mi­nor injuries in the at­tack and did not re­quire med­i­cal treat­ment.

How­ever, both were “pretty trau­ma­tised” and were speak­ing with po­lice, Bra­zier said.

He said un­til the scene ex­am­i­na­tion was com­pleted, he was un­able to say whether any­thing else had been taken from the prop­erty.

“We have very lit­tle at this stage be­cause the vic­tims are still be­ing in­ter­viewed, so re­ally, we are look­ing for any wit­nesses that might have seen the cars, or other ac­tiv­ity, this morn­ing.

“We know th­ese ve­hi­cles left the ad­dress in con­voy. We’re not sure where they went to from the ad­dress, at this stage.”

Bra­zier asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­va­sion to call po­lice on (07) 577 4300 or anony­mously call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

PHOTO / JOHN BOR­REN

Po­lice of­fi­cers at the scene of a Pa¯pa¯moa home in­va­sion in­volv­ing an axe and crow­bar yes­ter­day.

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