Couple tied up and robbed
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:22a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Police are looking for three men after an elderly couple were tied up and robbed this morning in Wainuiomata.
Three balaclava-clad men armed with baseball bats broke into the couple’s home in Hine St just before 5am this morning, Lower Hutt Police detective senior sergeant Dave Thornton says.
The woman in her 60s and her partner in his 70s were tied up and injured before the robbers stole the safe.
Mr Thornton says the man managed to free himself and call police.
He says the couple were left shaken by the ordeal and police want the public to help with their inquiries.
“We’re appealing for anyone who may have seen vehicles or people acting suspiciously in Hine St around 5am to come forward.
“We’re determined to catch whoever is responsible for this cowardly act, which was clearly targeted at an older couple in their home.”
Anyone with information can contact Lower Hutt Police on (04) 560 2600, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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28/08/2012 5:37:02 p.m.
Gee in the nui that's horrible. My wife and I have lived in the nui for 8 years now and been robbed once which was not a nice feeling so our hearts go out to the eldery people that were tied up and robbed. I thought it was a dumb idea to lock our gates at night after the wife suggested we lock them but now I'm understanding why she wants them locked. To U guys who done that to those poor old people I hope U get caught but with our justice system they will only get a slap on the wrist and b out doing the same within a couple of days get harder justice system and set an example to others out there and fry these guys. Wat happened to the ballot a few years ago about harsher penaltys that we voted for come on NZ we ending up like the USA where we all will b carrying guns soon to protect ourselves. Do we want this NO come on NZ and our justice system lets get harder on these prats. I want a safe NZ for my kids as we did when we were kids
28/08/2012 12:42:58 p.m.
It's getting to the stage where in the main centres of NZ, people need to have locked gates or a speaker system or even look at living in a gated community especially for the elderly - it's no longer safe unless you have a security system, lights and large locked gates etc - one place in the neighbourhood now has barbed wire on fences and bars at windows which is what is going to be the norm soon.
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