Australia 'Heinous crime': Widow terrorised in Melbourne home invasion

08:51  17 january  2020
08:51  17 january  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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a small blue car: Two men police wish to speak to over the Bulleen home invasion. Pictured here wearing wigs.© Victoria Police Two men police wish to speak to over the Bulleen home invasion. Pictured here wearing wigs.

An elderly woman mourning the recent death of her husband has been terrorised in her Melbourne home by thieves who stormed into her bedroom during a "heinous" home invasion.

Two men ransacked rooms and threatened to kill the widow if she didn't hand over cash and jewellery when they burst into her Bulleen home about 5am on December 30.

"[It was] quite a heinous sort of crime," Senior Constable Simon Jacobs said on Friday.

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Senior Constable Jacobs said the 81-year-old victim had "recently lost her husband and isstruggling to come to terms with that loss" and is "very shaken up" after the men stormed into her bedroom while she was sleeping.

"On top of that she’s only just started to readjust to life without her husband and trying to start feeling safe within her own home again. So as a part of that it’s had a massive rippling affect with the family, with the victim’s mental health and feeling safe within your own home – that’s what it comes down to."

The men stole the woman's purse and handbag, which contained credit cards, a small amount of cash, as well as some cards belonging to her late husband.

"They were definitely sentimental to the victim herself, because she holds onto them everyday in her purse," Senior Constable Jacobs said.

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"These offenders, they had the opportunity. They’ve come through, they’ve ransacked theother rooms, they’ve come through and seen firsthand that there’s a woman sleeping in her bedand they’ve chosen to wake that woman up and make demands for cash, for jewellery, and harm –threats against her life – like who would do that?

"I haven’t been able to find any evidence that suggests that it’s a targeted attack."

The men donned wigs and used the credit cards at several service stations in Roxburgh Park, Coolaroo, Broadmeadows, and Campbellfield to buy cigarettes and gift cards.

Police are now looking to the public for help in identifying the two men as well as a silver Mercedes Benz, SLK350 2006 model or similar, that was used at one of the service stations.

"We haven’t been able to identify these males as of yet so the public's assistance is astronomical ... at this point in time," Senior Constable Jacobs said.

Investigators have also released images from CCTV footage of the two men seen at one of the service stations wearing the wigs.

Any person who recognises the offenders or know the vehicle should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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