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Munster grandmother held at knifepoint by group of men in brazen daylight robbery

A Munster grandmother has been left shaken after being held at knifepoint by a group of men who broke into her home in what police say was a rare brazen daylight robbery.

Angela was alone in her bedroom when she was confronted by one of the intruders at around 7.20 this morning.

The man pointed the knife at the 67-year-old’s chest and demanded money.

As he grabbed her handbag she suddenly noticed several other men had entered her house and were ransacking the rooms.

“My husband told me he is going to buy the paper,” a terrified Angela explained.

“He’s left and in a matter of seconds somebody popped up while I was in the bedroom with a knife on my chest.

“And he said ‘we want your money, we want some money, give us your money’. Then he grabbed the bag and they took my two purses in my bag.

“And then all of sudden there were many of them popping out of the bedroom. Through the drawers – they took my jewellery and kept saying ‘don’t call the police, they were coming back’. And then still with a knife.

A forensic officer inspects a car belied to have been used in an armed robbery at a house in Munster earlier today.
Camera IconA forensic officer inspects a car belied to have been used in an armed robbery at a house in Munster earlier today. Credit: Trevor Collens/The West Australian

“When they first came in there was just one. And as he had the knife on me the other ones were popping all over the place – there was many of them. As soon as they got my money they ransacked my drawers and then they left.”

Once the men left, Angela said she ran outside for help and a neighbour phoned police.

The group stole several other items including jewellery and a mobile phone.

Shortly after the incident, police received a report of a Mitsubishi Pajero burnt out on Browning Avenue, Lake Coogee, about 1km from Angela’s home.

Detective Sergeant Jim Rapkins said police believed the group ran from the abandoned vehicle through bushland towards Stock Road.

He said it was ‘rare’ for a group of offenders to commit this type of offence together or during daylight hours.

“That’s why we are investigating with such concern. We want to make sure this group of offenders is caught as soon as possible,” he said.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone in the Munster and Lake Coogee areas who may have CCTV or dash camera vision of the silver Mitsubishi Pajero or a group of five people acting suspiciously in the area.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

Vision can be uploaded via this link: https://wapf.au.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/munsteraggravatedburglaryandarmedrobbery

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