POLICE are appealing to the public for information into a number of home invasions on the New South Wales north coast this year.
Detectives from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command established Strike Force Barakette following the incidents, which are all believed to be linked.
The first incident occured back in March 2014 when a group of men forced their way into a home on Beryl Street at Tweed and threatened the residents with a gun.
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No one was injured; however, the group stole a number of items from the home before running off.
Another incident occured in April. A group forced entry to a home on Wyuna Road at Tweed Heads and ordered the occupants to lie on the floor while they ransacked the home.
When one of the occupants managed to escaped, the group fired a shot towards him as he ran from the home; however, it missed and he wasn’t injured.
Strike force detectives are continuing their inquiries into the incidents in an attempt to identify and locate the group involved. It’s believed the same group is responsible.
Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen, is appealing for community members who may know the identity of those involved to come forward.
“We believe the offenders are from the local area and are confident there are people in the community who know their identity,” Cullen said.
“An offence of this nature is unacceptable and it’s just fortunate no one has been seriously injured or killed.
“The group was armed with firearms, which only adds to the danger and we are yet to recover that weapon,” he said.