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Balgownie man robbed and assaulted

WOLLONGONG police are investigating an aggravated break and enter at Balgownie about 7.45pm on Wednesday.
A 54-year-old man, and two women aged 50 and 19, were dining at their Bootie Street home when two men entered the house.
The men went to the dining room and threatened them with a knife before demanding the trio get on the floor.
Jewellery, documents and a small sum of money was stolen.
The men then took the 54-year-old to his Audi where they drove around to a number of ATM’s in the area. They demanded the man access his accounts and withdrew varies amounts of cash.
The man was forced into the boot of his vehicle and assaulted. The pair drove to another ATM at Shellharbour and then caught a taxi.
The man managed to free himself from the boot and contacted police.
As a result of the incident the victims received only minor injuries.
A crime scene was established and investigations are continuing.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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