A man and a woman have been arrested and charged after they allegedly broke into a house and threatened the occupants with a machete and a fake gun before stealing their car on the NSW Central Coast.
Police said the 42-year-old man first broke into the Thomas Street home in Wallsend at around midday on Thursday while a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were in their bedroom.
While armed with a knife and replica firearm, police said the man spoke with the couple before leaving.
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A short time later, the man allegedly returned to the house with a woman and the pair both forced entry into the home.
Police said the intruders threatened the occupants, before taking a number of items including mobile phones, and a motor vehicle.
Officers were called and, at around 1.30pm, found the vehicle driving along Blue Gun Road in Jesmond.
Police pulled the vehicle over and spoke to the female driver and male passenger, before searching them and the car.
During the search, it’s alleged officers uncovered a replica pistol, machete and property believed to be stolen.
The man and woman were arrested and taken to Waratah Police Station and Newcastle Police Station respectively.
The 42-year-old man was charged with special aggravated break and enter, take and detain in company, threaten person with intent to commit serious indictable offence in company, malicious damage, take and drive conveyance and possess unauthorised pistol.
The 26-year-old woman was charged with special aggravated break and enter, take and detain in company, threaten person with intent to commit serious indictable offence in company, malicious damage, common assault and drive whilst disqualified.
Both were refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.