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Police Seek Witnesses to Aggravated Burglary

Police Seek Witnesses to Aggravated Burglary

Police are seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary that took place in Alfriston late last month.

At about 7:50am on Monday 24 February, a man was attacked as he put some items into his car which was parked in the driveway at his house in Mill Road. Two unknown men approached him, one armed with a knife and other with a pistol, and proceeded to beat him and drag him to the ground.

He managed to break free and run for help from members of the public, but sustained injuries to his face that required stitches as well as bruising to his body.

Following the attack, the man's house was ransacked and a small amount of foreign currency and a toy BB gun was stolen.

"The offenders were tracked by a Police dog unit to the back of Alfriston School on Alfriston Road before the track was lost," says Detective Sergeant Michele Gillespie of Papakura CIB. "It is possible that the offenders had a vehicle parked near this location or somewhere on Alfriston Road and we are interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen something suspicious around this area."

The first offender is described as a male Maori or Polynesian of medium build, carrying a black hand gun and wearing a light grey coloured hoody. He had some sort of cloth covering his mouth.

The second offender is also described as male Maori or Polynesian and of medium to skinny build. He was carrying a knife and wearing a light coloured hoody where the inside of the hood was black. He had a black and white cloth covering his mouth.

"This was a particularly traumatising event for the victim to have experienced on his own property," says Detective Sergeant Gillespie. "We'd like to hear from anyone who has information on this incident as soon as possible in order to prevent these offenders from targeting anyone else in the same way."

Anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around Alfriston School or Alfriston Road on the morning of Monday 24 February should contact Police as soon as possible. Call Detective Sergeant Michele Gillespie on 09 259 0345 or information can be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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