Bay man charged over dog heist
A HERVEY Bay man is one of four people charged over a violent home invasion near Toowoomba in which six purebred puppies were stolen.
Police said a 33-year-old man was alone in his house on John Street in Clifton on Monday last week when he answered a knock on the door at 8.30pm.
Two men forced their way inside and started attacking the man.
Clifton Sergeant Guy Smidt said the victim was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked in the face.
While he was bleeding on the ground, his six purebred shih tzu puppies - worth between $700 and $800 each - were stolen from his lounge room.
Sgt Smidt said detectives searched a Toowoomba home on Sunday afternoon and seized a vehicle, clothing and mobile phones.
Police officers from Clifton and detectives from Toowoomba and Warwick were involved in the raid and arrested two Toowoomba brothers, aged 26 and 34 and a Toowoomba woman, 36.
The trio was charged with assault and burglary.
Sgt Smidt said Hervey Bay detectives also arrested a fourth alleged offender, a 31-year-old Urangan man, and charged him with the same offences.
The 33-year-old victim suffered a fractured cheek bone as well as severe facial bruising and was taken to Warwick Hospital for treatment.
Police believe the victim did not know the two Toowoomba men who entered his home but that he did know the Toowoomba woman and the Urangan man.
The four people will front the Warwick Magistrates Court on December 1.
The puppies have been found, are in good health and have been returned to their owner.