Armed teens invade home
A BALLINA man barricaded himself in his bedroom during a terrifying home invasion on Friday - the latest in a string of violent youth attacks across the region.
Police said four teenaged boys broke into a 53-year-old man's house in Grant St, Ballina, threatened him with a knife and demanded money and property.
The victim, who had been sleeping alone in the house, was woken by a light being switched on at about 4am and was then confronted by the four teenagers when he went to investigate.
It is alleged the teens threatened the man with a large knife, causing him to barricade the door of his room.
However, the teens broke through the barricade and took the man's wallet and a bag of clothes then left the house.
The man was uninjured and police are searching for four teenagers described as being 15-16 years of age, three Caucasian and one of Aboriginal/Torres Strait islander appearance.
In other investigations, police have released CCTV images of an attempted armed robbery at the Liberty Service Station on the corner of Barker and Centre Streets, Casino on September 15.
The offender threatened the service station attendant with a machete and demanded money from the cash register.
The male employee grabbed a broom handle and threatened the man who ran from the store empty-handed.
Police have issued a description of the person as being aged 16-20, of Caucasian appearance, 160-170cm tall with a thin build and wearing a dark-coloured hooded jumper, dark tracksuit pants with a white strip, a light coloured beanie and had his face covered. He was carrying a blue drawstring backpack.
This weekend's home-invasion follows a weekend of violence the previous weekend.
In that weekend, a 43-year-old East Ballina man was bashed into a coma. Two teenagers have been charged over the attack.
The same weekend, a 19-year-old Lismore man needed brain surgery after being hit in the head with a rock by a group of teenagers as he walked home on Friday night.