Police have arrested three men who allegedly carried out a violent home invasion and robbery in Tauranga in the early hours of this morning.
Three knife-wielding offenders broke into a house occupied by a 45-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman and two children at 4am this morning, police said.
The offenders assaulted the man and stole money and jewellery. They also tried to steal a motor vehicle at the house.
Police said one of the arrested men was found near the scene by a dog handler, while the other two were tracked to a nearby address.
The alleged offenders, aged 18, 20 and 22 have been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, threatening to kill, assault and attempting to unlawfully take a motor vehicle.
They are in police custody and will appear in the Tauranga District Court on June 10.
To give information call police on 07 577 4300. Anonymous information can be given via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.