Five boys between the ages of 11 and 13 have been caught burgling a home in Auckland’s Remuera.

Police said all five youths were taken into custody after the property owner came home to find the boys inside the house.

“When confronted, the suspects have attempted to flee.

The property owner tried to stop the suspects and was assaulted by one of them,” Sergeant David Mayes said.

Police were called to the scene on Ohinerau St around 9 last night.

“Those involved ran from the area, however responding frontline officers, with the assistance of the Eagle helicopter and the Police dog unit, located and took all five into custody without further incident.

The boys have been referred to Youth Aid in relation to the burglary and the associated assault.

Mayes said the victim was taken to hospital as a precaution.

“They have since received medical treatment for minor injuries and are now recovering at home.”