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29 July 2015, 06:00
An elderly woman has managed to frighten off three men who barged into her home with crowbars after releasing her dog at her home in Gamlingay.
The victim, a woman in her 70s, was at her home in Drove Road in the early afternoon on Friday (July 24), expecting a shopping delivery when there was a knock at the door.
Upon opening it she saw three men, two of whom were masked, all carrying crow-bars and wearing gloves.
The men forced their way into the house and one, described as smaller than the other two, grabbed the victim by the throat and pushed her backwards while the others made their way upstairs.
The victim managed to get away from the man and open a door behind her to release her large dog. This scared the offender who then made off out the front door, shortly followed by the other two men.
During the scuffle the victim sustained a 5" long cut to her arm.
It is believed the men left the house with a dark brown drawer from a large chest which contained some low-value watches and jewellery, including a white and chrome Hugo Boss wrist watch, two imitation Rolex watches, a small brass racing car ornament and oval silver cufflinks with a diamond in each one.
The men are all described as white, two about 6' and the other about 5'6". The shorter of the three was wearing a green fleece and a hat, while the other two wore balaclavas.
PC Lisa Bacon said:
"The road outside the house is very busy and I believe someone must have seen the offenders arriving or leaving the property.
Large electric gates lead up to the house and these were locked at the time of the incident, therefore it is likely the offenders would have had a car parked close by or they would have left on foot carrying the large drawer.
The victim has been left very shaken by this incident and I am urging anyone who has information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact police."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.