The home invasion was “easily the most carefully planned and professionally executed aggravated robbery of its type I’m aware of in New Zealand”, so said Judge Thomas Ingram when jailing four maori gang members for a house invasion in which they took $40.
“Carefully planned and professionally executed”; words fail me.
First, they hit on the wrong house owned by a pensioner couple. Adding to their misjudgement, the neighbouring house was that of a senior detective who heard the wife scream, resulting in a team of police arriving.
Then they fled, abandoning their vehicle, now confiscated. One tried to hitch-hike out of town and was picked up by an off-duty police officer resulting in his arrest, leading to the capture of his co-offenders.
It will come as no surprise to learn that these four brilliant criminal tacticians were all deportees from Australia where plainly their criminal professionalism which so impressed the judge, hadn’t been a rip-roaring success.