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Motive for North Burnaby home invasion a mystery: RCMP

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Burnaby RCMP are investigating a home invasion incident Friday night which left one victim with a suspected broken arm.

Police were called at about 10:30 p.m. May 16 to a home in the 4300-block of Oxford Street, near Madison Avenue, in North Burnaby. Three male suspects had knocked on the door and forced their way inside when a resident opened it, said Staff Sgt. Major John Buis.

A family of six, including two children, were home at the time.

During the initial confrontation, one of the suspects struck a male victim with an object, possibly a stick or a crowbar, and injured his arm.

The victim was later taken to hospital for treatment of a suspected broken arm, Buis said. No one else was injured.

The suspects, who were disguised, were armed with a firearm and other weapons.

They went through the home and "as far as we know, nothing was taken." He added that a wallet described as stolen in one media report may actually just have been misplaced.

And while a residential phone was found in the back alley, police don't yet know if it was related to the house and the incident or not.

The suspects then fled the house, two out the back door and one through the front door. The victims called police who arrived and immediately searched the area.

"We had a helicopter in the air, we had ground search, we had the police service dog, nothing."

There was "no apparent motivation" for the incident," said Buis, who called it a "very unusual" situation.

"We have no idea why this took place, no obvious signs … We're still trying to find out what took place and why."

People need to be sure who is at the door before opening it, he advised.

"Just be certain of who you're opening the door to at night or don't open it. And if you have any suspicions of anything out of the ordinary, call the police."

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