Gang Crime Squad detectives have taken over the investigation into an aggravated home invasion where a vehicle and more than $40,000 worth of property was stolen from a Keilor East home last year.
Detectives have been told an unknown man used a sledgehammer to force entry to the Nicola Court property about 3.25am on Friday, 18 December while the two victims were asleep inside.
The man was accompanied by two other men who were armed with a tomahawk and a semi-automatic firearm.
Once inside the property the men assaulted a 44-year-old man.
They then stole more than $40,000 worth of property along with the victim’s grey Audi sedan, bearing registration AWH013, before driving away.
The victim’s vehicle was last seen travelling in convoy with a white Dodge station wagon, believed to have been stolen in a separate incident.
Both vehicles were later recovered by police – the Dodge was located about 1km from the scene later in the morning of 18 December and the Audi was located in Altona on 1 January 2021.
Despite the vehicles being recovered, investigators are still keen to gain information about the movements of the vehicles before and after the incident.
Police are also re-releasing CCTV footage of three men who they believe could assist with their investigation.
The first male was African in appearance, wearing a white face covering, navy Kathmandu hooded jacket and black Adidas pants with white stripes.
The second male was wearing a black and white Everest long sleeve top and black Adidas pants with white stripes.
The third male was wearing a puffer jacket.
Detectives from Fawkner Embona Taskforce previously appealed for public information on this matter in February this year.
Anyone who recognises the men or with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via www.crimestoppersvic.com.au