Woman wrestles bolt cutters from three offenders in break-and-enter at Phoenix Lane, Armidale

File photo.
File photo.

A WOMAN has wrestled with and fended off three men who broke into her home in Armidale on Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old woman managed to snatch the bolt cutters and defend herself from the offenders who forced their way into the Phoenix Lane house about 9pm.

New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy told Fairfax Media the woman went to investigate and opened the front door after hearing glass smash.

“Three male offenders have knocked the victim over as they forced their way in through the door,” she said.

There has been a physical altercation and they have swung what is described as a large pair of bolt cutters towards the victim and she has managed to disarm them and defend herself.

Detective Inspector Ann Joy

“There has been a physical altercation and they have swung what is described as a large pair of bolt cutters towards the victim and she has managed to disarm them and defend herself.”

The trio of men fled empty-handed, and miraculously the woman wasn’t injured.

“Police would not recommend taking on three offenders but the woman was not injured and police were alerted and established a crime scene,” Detective Inspector Joy said.

“Police have seized exhibits and conducted examinations of the scene.”

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Investigators are appealing for anyone who might have seen three men in the Phoenix Lane area.

One of the men is described as being about six-foot-tall, Caucasian in appearance and was last seen wearing a lack face mask, black hoodie and black pants.

The two other offenders were also wearing similar clothing and are described as Caucasian in appearance and about five-foot-eight tall.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Armidale Police Station on 6771 0699.

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