A LOCAL resident for over 12 years has allegedly had a gun pointed at her during a break-in at her house.
The woman said she went to have a shower when she heard noises, but assumed it was the Frenchman who has been boarding with her and her husband.
“When I got out of the shower I went straight to my room to put clothes on, then walked in the kitchen when I saw three men standing there and I screamed,” she said.
The first and second men were the same height, one had a red hoodie and the other had a green hoodie but all had their faces covered, the woman said. She said the third man was taller than the other two and had a dark coloured hoodie on, and all were of Aboriginal appearance.
“The first man had a long knife and hit my dog when he came to see what I was screaming about, but my dog is old and frail so he just stood there. I said to them please do not hurt me and the second man pulled out the gun and pointed it right in my face,” the resident said.
When the Moree Champion asked the woman if she was sure it was a gun, she replied by saying it was definitely a gun, but said the toy guns were so well modelled and manufactured that it could have been a toy.
“Either way it frightened me and I froze. I didn’t know what to do; luckily the Frenchman was in the house and came to see what I was screaming about which scared the men off and they ran away,” she said.
The woman immediately rang police but was so shaken up she couldn’t talk and they asked her to calm down.
“The police came here straight away and made me go down to the police station to make a statement. The police won’t do anything though, they won’t catch these criminals and they won’t stop the break-ins.”
According to Detective Sergeant Brent Falkiner of Moree police, there is nothing to confirm the man was holding a firearm.
“The woman saw something and jumped to the conclusion that it was a gun,” he said.
“We don’t have crimes involving weapons here,” Det Sgt Falkiner explained.
“The police do not believe there was a firearm and we certainly do not want to alarm the community,” he said.
The police are concerned by the number of rumours swirling within the community and the fear it is creating within residents.
“People are hearing third hand information and it keeps building,” Det Sgt Falkiner said.
During their time in Moree, the resident and her husband have built a business and enjoy seeing their son and daughter-in-law, along with their three grandchildren but said having been broken into seven times has taken a toll on them.
“I have even been assaulted by 13 children down at the skate park and (the police) couldn’t even stop that. I was down there looking after a child who suffers from ADHD,” she said.
The Champion asked the residents why, after everything, they do remain in Moree, and their answer was simple.
“If everyone who got broken into or assaulted left Moree then there would be no-one left in the town, plus it is a free country and we have a business and family here. It is our hometown and that is exactly what these criminals want; they want us to give up. We have a right to be safe”
Det Sgt Falkiner said the police were working hard at trying to make the community safer.
“There were some spikes in crime but they have been addressed,” he said.
“There has been a decrease in the past two to three weeks with a lot of arrests made under Operation Tilton.
“The operation is ongoing and we are identifying and targeting offenders and getting them whatever way we can, even if it’s for a different offence.
“We have had a lot of plain clothes police walking around at night and we actually caught someone in the commission of a break and enter which is a testament of the operation’s success,” Det Sgt Falkiner said.
“We sit down at the start of each week and assess what direction we will take, and we take a different approach each time.
“We are trying to break down the barriers with the community and build relationships.
“We empathise with the victims but I do believe we need to improve on our customer service and follow-up with people and reassure them.
“Our greatest challenge at the moment is there are a lot of people harbouring these individuals.
“People know what is going on but refuse to give us information. The amount of people protecting these individuals is mind blowing,” he said.
The police have released a number of images of wanted people in the area which you can see on page 2 and are working on a number of strategies targeting local crime.
The Moree Champion will keep the community up to date with any information which comes to hand and hopes to work with police and the community to make a safer region.
A woman has allegedly had a gun wielded at her in her Boston Street home.
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