Horror home invasion as thieves spring sinister surprise

Anna Houlahan
February 12 2024 - 11:22am
Officer wearing hi-vis police uniform. File picture
Officer wearing hi-vis police uniform. File picture

A man has been arrested after he and two other balaclava-clad thieves allegedly used a shotgun to force entry into a home and demand cash from the occupants.

The horror intensified for the terrified Mildura, Victoria, residents when the same criminals allegedly returned that night to make further demands before firing a shotgun into the home.

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Police said three men forced their way into the Hornsey Park home for the first time at 2.50am on February 6, stole money and fled the scene.

When they allegedly returned at 10.50pm, on the same day, the occupants ran and called police.

A 27-year-old Mildura man, one of the alleged thieves, fired a shotgun at the home before leaving with his alleged accomplices.

Charges laid against one suspect

Investigators tracked the 27-year-old to a home at Kalimna Drive, Mildura where he was arrested on February 9.

Map of Mildura, in Victoria's north west, showing the Hornsey Park location of the alleged robbery as well as the Kalimna Drive address where a 27-year-old was arrested. Picture Google Earth
Map of Mildura, in Victoria's north west, showing the Hornsey Park location of the alleged robbery as well as the Kalimna Drive address where a 27-year-old was arrested. Picture Google Earth

He was charged with with aggravated home invasion, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery as well as firearms and assault-related offences and faces the Mildura Magistrates Court on February 12. .

Police continue to search for two other men believed to have been part of the alleged armed robbery.

Anyone who can assist detectives with their enquiries is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Anna Houlahan

Anna Houlahan

Journalist

Reach out with news or updates to anna.houlahan@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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