Further charges over South Tamworth home invasion - Robbery and Serious Crime Squad

Wednesday, 06 July 2022 04:25:02 PM

A third person has been charged over his alleged involvement in a home invasion in the state’s west earlier this year.

About 10.15pm on Wednesday 2 March 2022, three masked men – who were armed with firearms – forced entry to a home on Thompson Crescent, South Tamworth.

Police have been told one of the men threatened a 27-year-old male occupant with a firearm – discharging a shot – then assaulted him with a machete, lacerating his fingers.

The three men demanded personal items and cash before fleeing the home on foot towards Central Avenue.

The 27-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, then taken to Tamworth Hospital for further treatment. He has since been released.

A 26-year-old woman and two children, who were home at the time, were shaken but otherwise uninjured.

Initial inquiries were undertaken by Oxley Police District, before the matter was referred to detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad under Strike Force Tabain.

So far during the investigation, a man and a woman – both aged 19 – remain before the courts in relation to the incident.

Following ongoing inquiries and information provided by SF Tabain investigators, officers from Barrier Police District’s Proactive Crime Team attempted to stop two men while patrolling Broken Hill about 3pm yesterday (Tuesday 5 July 2022).

The men attempted to run from police and a short foot pursuit ensued, before they were arrested nearby.

The pair was taken to Broken Hill Police Station where one of the men – aged 21 – was charged with robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, possess loaded firearm endanger life non-public place, and three counts of possess unauthorised firearm.

He was refused bail and appeared at Broken Hill Local Court today, where he was formally refused bail, to reappear at Tamworth Local Court on Monday 11 July 2022.

The second man was charged with unrelated offences.

Investigations under Strike Force Tabain continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators 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.