News from NZ Police
Levin Police are urgently seeking information from the public after a home invasion followed by an attempted aggravated robbery of a dairy in the town yesterday evening.
At about 6:25pm last night, a man wearing dark clothing and a balaclava forced his way into a Liverpool Street home and confronted the elderly residents.
“The offender was carrying a knife and made demands before taking a wallet, mobile phone, keys, and the resident’s blue BMW vehicle,” says the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Peter Vine.
In the stolen vehicle he then drove to the McArthur Street Dairy where he tried to rob the owners before leaving in the vehicle. The victims of both incidents alerted police immediately.
A short time later the vehicle was sighted by officers and signalled to pull over. However the man failed to stop for police. Officers pursued the vehicle until it was discarded by the offender at an address in Opiki north of Shannon. The man decamped through farm land and is still yet to be found.
“Descriptions of the offender are being worked through with the victims but they are naturally distressed and it will take a bit of time to get some more details.
“We are continuing to support the victims and have also offered them the services of Victim Support.”
Officers carried out a scene examination on the BMW and at the Liverpool Street property today and are canvassing the area around the dairy.
“We are appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around Liverpool and McArthur Streets or in the general area including State Highway 57 yesterday evening to early morning to contact police immediately,” says Detective Sergeant Vine.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Sergeant Vine on (06) 366 0509. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.