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.
Detective Inspector Alan Rowan of York CID, said:
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 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?
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.