Pair impersonating police officers, one with New Zealand accent, torment elderly Melbourne couple, mow down front door

  • 09/02/2024

A pair pretending to be police officers have broken into a terrified elderly Melbourne couple's home while they slept.

The aggravated burglary happened in the suburb of Hampton Park just before 3am last Friday, a Victoria Police statement said. The thieves were described as having Australian and New Zealand accents and both aged in their 30s. 

It happened at the home of Bev and Neil Shephard, both in their 70s, 9 News reported.

The offenders kicked in the front door before entering the home and identifying themselves as officers, police said on Thursday. They stole the couple's doorbell camera, which captured them entering the home and yelling, "Police, get back, get down". 

Bev and Neil described the burglary to local media. 

"It's just so scary. It's frightening and I wouldn't wish it on anyone," Bev told 7 News.  

One of the thieves was described as wearing a "GEEDUP" branded hoodie, while the other had all dark clothing on. 

"You do as much as you can to protect yourself with security," Bev added. 

"It needs to stop. People are too frightened to move, too frightened to go for a walk down the street." 

Neil told 9 News he wasn't "sleeping well" after the burglary. 

Bev said they fled after she screamed. 

Police confirmed they ran from the scene on foot. 

Investigations are underway.