Police Investigate Aggravated Home Invasion In Donvale

Detectives from the Eastern Region Crime Squad are seeking the public’s assistance following an aggravated home invasion in Donvale on 29 June 2023.

Shortly after 9.00pm, it is believed a group of four men wearing all black forced entry into the Beckett Road residence.

Upon entering, the men confronted a 65-year-old female victim and 67-year-old male victim. Police have been told that both victims were held at knife point and assaulted. One victim had had their hands tied behind their back and the other had their face covered for a period of time as the offenders ransacked the property.

The offenders remained in the property for around an hour, demanding access to a safe.

During the incident, the offenders stole high-end jewellery and watches valued up to $160,000 including:

• A Omega Seamaster Dynamic watch

• A Cartier Tank Musk Watch

• A Jaeger LeCoultre 131/959 watch

• A Jaeger LeCoultre Tribute Deep Seawatch watch

• A Zenith Chronomaster watch

• A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner watch

• A Rolex Milgauss GV watch

• A Tudor Heritage Chronograph watch

• A Panerai Radiomir Black seal watch

• A Panerai Luminor 390 watch

Following an extensive investigation, detectives believe the victims were targeted mistakenly.

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance to identify two males they believe can assist with their investigation.

The first male is perceived to be of Pacific Islander appearance, with a solid build, aged in his 20’s with facial hair.

The second male is perceived to be Pacific Islander in appearance, with a solid build, aged in his 20’s with a tattoo across the front of his neck.

Police have also released images of a distinctive gold necklace and a number of the watches stolen.

Anyone who recognises these men, witnessed the incident, has dashcam/CCTV or any other information that could assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Quotes attributable to Eastern Region Crime Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Justin Mercovich:

“This was an incredibly stressful incident for both victims, and we are committed to identifying those responsible and holding them to account.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the group in Beckett Road, Donvale on the night or noticed any suspicious activity in the area in the days leading up to the incident.

“If anyone did see the group, or has any CCTV or dash-cam footage, then I urge you to come forward and contact police or Crime Stoppers.”

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