By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – supplied
Police are on the hunt for four men over a violent home invasion in Canberra’s north last year.
Face-fits of four men seen in the area where the burglary happened on March 17, 2017, have been released.
About 10:47pm that night, two culprits wearing balaclavas broke into a home at Molesworth Street in Watson.
It’s understood, a fight started after the pair threatened the residents.
The victim suffered a head wound after being thrown through a window and his dog’s ear was cut off by a machete!
Police said a gun was also fired into the house but couldn’t comment on whether it was a warning shot or aimed at someone.
It’s believed the culprits weren’t acting alone and had help from others in a getaway car.
They were seen getting into a grey Holden Astra, with the same type of car and the occupants seen acting suspiciously in Casey later that night.
Meanwhile, police have confirmed the dog that had its ear severed was the same one that killed its owner, Tania Klemke, later that year.
The dog was put down after that attack.
Police also confirmed, Tania was there at the time of the March burglary, and her son was the one thrown through the window.
But it’s believed both incidents aren’t linked.
Station Sergeant Harry Hains said the burglary was a highly traumatic experience.
“The firearm was discharged, a dog was severely injured and the trauma to people who believe they should be safe inside their own homes, having people break in and commit extreme acts of violence can’t be under-stated.”
An investigation is ongoing, with police wanting help from the public to identify the four men seen around Molesworth Street at the time.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.