Police charge man after home invasion south of Taree

A man has been charged after another man was injured during an alleged aggravated home invasion south of Taree at the weekend.

About 10.30pm on Sunday (4 July 2021), four people – three men, aged 53, 23 and 18, and a 50-year-old woman – were at a home in Black Head, when it’s alleged three unknown men forced entry through a back door.

Police will allege in court the group took several items, including a handbag and car keys, before they were confronted by the 23-year-old man.

An altercation occurred between the group and the 23-year-old, before one of the men struck him with a metal bar.

The group then fled the scene in a Toyota Rav4 taken from the property and another vehicle.

Officers from Manning-Great Lakes Police District established a crime scene a short time later and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The 23-year-old was taken to Manning Base Hospital for treatment for a suspected broken leg. No one else was injured during the incident.

Police later located the Toyota Rav4 abandoned and burnt out at a Taree property. It was seized for forensic examination.

Following extensive inquiries, about 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 7 July 2021), detectives attended a home on Smith Street, Taree, and spoke with a 25-year-old man.

Upon speaking with police, the man ran away and a foot pursuit ensued.

Officers located the man hiding underneath the house and arrested him without incident.

A crime scene was established at the home and a search warrant later executed, with police seizing items which they will allege are stolen goods.

The man was taken to Taree Police Station and charged with special aggravated break, enter commit serious indictable offence, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (m/v) and dishonestly obtain property by deception.

He was refused bail to appear at Forster Local Court today (Thursday 8 July 2021).

Investigations are ongoing into the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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