Three burglars broke into the Brooklyn home of a retired detective, pistol-whipped and slashed him, sexually assaulted his wife and stole the couple’s car, police said. Police tape webstock. (Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News)

Three burglars broke into the Brooklyn home of a retired detective, pistol-whipped and slashed him, sexually assaulted his wife and stole the couple’s car, police said.

The terrifying robbery happened about 5:30 a.m. Monday in a house in Marine Park.

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The thieves entered the house and beat the 72-year-old retired detective, then slashed him in the face with a box cutter.

The men turned to the detective’s wife and sexually assaulted her.

The burglars drove off in the couple’s blue Honda Civic after the assaults.

Police sources said investigators are looking at the possibility the home invasion is linked to debts amassed by one of the detective’s sons.

The home was previously burglarized in July, a police source said.

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