Balgownie man forced into car boot during home invasion

A 54-year-old man was forced into the boot of his car during a home invasion in Balgownie on Wednesday.

The man was eating dinner with two women, aged 50 and 19, at their home in Bootie Street when two men entered the house at 7.45pm.

Police said the family were threatened with a knife and told to get on the floor.

The thieves then went through the house, stealing jewellery, documents and a small amount of money.

‘‘The men then took the 54-year-old to his Audi where they drove around to a number of ATMs in the area,’’ a police spokesman said.

The victim was forced to withdraw cash from a number of accounts before being forced into the boot of his car and assaulted. 

The offenders drove to another ATM at Shellharbour and caught a taxi.

The victim was able to get out of the car boot and call police.

The man had minor injuries – no one else was hurt.

On Thursday morning, a Bootie Street resident told the Mercury the area was usually peaceful.

‘‘It’s a nice quiet street, good neighbours,’’ they said.

A crime scene was established and investigations are continuing.