POLICE have revealed a Crossley man locked in the boot of a car during a violent aggravated burglary at the weekend was lucky to survive after offenders torched the vehicle.
A senior Warrnambool police officer revealed on ABC Radio yesterday that the two offenders had attempted to burn the car during the violent aggravated burglary. It is understood the man was able to free himself after the offenders fled.
Police had previously decided to not release certain details of the incident, which prompted Melbourne police forensic experts and an arson chemist to examine the Scotts Road crime scene on Sunday.
Emergency services were called to a property at Crossley about 2.15am Sunday after two men broke into a house through the back door and assaulted a 49-year-old man who was asleep on a couch.
The victim suffered injuries to his head and arms which required surgery at the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
The offenders ransacked the house, a rear bungalow and a number of vehicles.