Lawrence Street residents rocked by Wodonga home invasion with hammer

WEAPON: Detective Sergeant Graeme Simpfendorfer with the hammer believed to have been used as a weapon in an aggravated burglary.

WEAPON: Detective Sergeant Graeme Simpfendorfer with the hammer believed to have been used as a weapon in an aggravated burglary.

A old hammer used as a weapon during a home invasion in Wodonga on Saturday night could be the key to finding the offenders.

Wodonga Detective Sergeant Graeme Simpfendorfer said at least two people in balaclavas forced their way into a Lawrence Street unit at 7.45pm.

They stole a wallet and other personal items, leaving behind the hammer brought along as a weapon.

“We believe the parties may be known to each other, we don’t think that is a random attack,” Detective Simpfendorfer said.

“We seek to identify any owners of that hammer or anyone who may know who owns that.”

The victims were working with police to identify the offenders in the aggravated burglary.

“There’s no physical injuries to the occupants I understand, but obviously emotional trauma is going to be quite significant,” Detective Simpfendorfer said.

“They’re obviously pretty shattered about the incident.

“They heard noises and went to investigate.

The offenders ran away from the unit.

“It’s a horrific incident for the occupants, any home invasion is particularly disturbing for those involved, so that’s why we want to identify these offenders and put them before the court,” Detective Simpfendorfer said.

Anyone with information can contact Wodonga police on (02) 6049 2600 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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