Kingsthorpe man threatened with gun in home invasion
CONTRACT harvester William Rochford was having a relaxing night in front of the television when masked intruders stormed his Kingsthorpe home and pointed a gun at him.
The 58-year-old's peaceful New Year's Eve was interrupted by a terrifying home invasion.
Mr Rochford, who lives alone in Goombungee Rd, said all three intruders were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing when they came through an open sliding door about 11pm.
"It was a hot night so I just had the doors open," Mr Rochford said.
"I thought someone was playing a joke on me first off."
However, it was not long before he realised the seriousness of the situation.
"One of them had a gun.
"It looked like a single shot .22 (rifle).
"The gunman held me at bay while the other two just searched the house."
He said he was forced from the lounge room into the kitchen while the intruders went through his home.
The thieves left after about half an hour, taking with them the keys to Mr Rochford's ute, a mobile phone and his wallet.
Mr Rochford said they left about 11.30pm, but he did not raise the alarm until he went over to his neighbour's house the next morning.
"I didn't have a phone or anything."
The incident came as a surprise to Mr Rochford after living in the same home for the past 25 to 30 years.
"I suppose they thought it was an easy target.
"The doors were open and the lights were on."
He was uninjured, but shaken.
"You don't know what is going to happen.
"They could just pull the trigger on you.
"I will be shutting the place up more regularly now."
Police have conducted doorknocks in the town as a part of their investigations.
Darling Downs Crime Group officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul McCusker said police would like to speak with anyone who saw a group of three or more people acting suspiciously in the area on New Year's Eve.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.