Heavily-armed police stormed a Warilla house on Thursday evening, shocking neighbours in the suburban street.
Officers from the Tactical Operations Unit surrounded a fibro house on Trumper St at 5:30pm and were heard to yell: “if you come out the front door we promise we won’t hurt you”, according to witness reports.
“[They were] all standing with their guns … and they were setting off the big sirens and flashing lights and they were shining lasers on the door,” said one woman who asked not to be named.
“I moved here from Warrawong … and this is a beautiful street, this s--t doesn’t happen here,” she said.
“I’m still shaking,” said another woman who feared it could be a drug raid.
It’s understood officers closed off the street, which runs off Reddall Parade, before entering the premises.
No one was arrested at the time of the raid.
Two women, one in a cream hooded jacket and another in a striped jumper, left the house around 6:45pm before the dog squad arrived.
A police spokesman later said officers from the Lake Illawarra local area command enlisted the Sydney-based tactical response group to execute a search warrant in relation to the theft of a firearm a week ago.
It is believed officers took possession of a firearm and investigations are continuing.
The spokesman said every precaution was taken to keep the public safe, considering firearms were involved.
The incident is unrelated to the shooting of a man in Woonona on Wednesday.