Hammer wielding masked men terrorise family in their own home

27 Jan 2015 @ 5.34 pm
| Crime
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The village of Askham Richard, just south of the A64 in York. Photograph: Bing Maps

Three men wearing balaclavas and brandishing hammers and knives forced their way into a house near York and terrorised the occupants.

On Monday (January 26) at 7.50pm the men broke into the house in the village of Askham Richard and threatened the householders before escaping with jewellery, cash and the keys to their white, Mercedes E-Class convertible.

They left the scene in the Mercedes which was later found abandoned on Haggs Lane near the village of Colton.

‘Frightening experience’

Detective Inspector Alan Rowan of York CID, said:

“This was a very frightening experience for the householders who were left shaken and distressed. Thankfully, they did not suffer any physically injuries during their ordeal.”

Police are appealing to anyone with information to get in touch. They are trying to trace the movements of the gang before and after the raid.

“It is vital that we catch whoever is responsible and I urge anyone who was in the village on Monday evening to contact us with any information about the movements of unfamiliar vehicles or people, which they may not have thought anything of at the time.

“It could be important information which could help our investigation.

“We believe that the burglary was planned and the property was targeted by the suspects and that this was not an opportunist crime.”

– Det Insp Alan Rowan

Can you help?

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A white Mercedes E-Class convertible, like the one stolen
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Get in touch with the police if

you were in Askham Richard on Monday night between 6.30pm and 8.30pm
you saw any suspicious people, vehicles or activity, including the white Mercedes leaving the village
you were in the area of Askham Richard, Bilborough, the A64 and Colton, and saw a white Mercedes convertible
you saw the people in the Mercedes, it being parked or abandoned, or the occupants getting into another car.

If you can help, call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York CID.

Or email to [email protected].

Alternatively pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference 1215004335 when passing on information.