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26 October 2010, 06:00
People living in and around Wolverton are being warned to check who's at the door before answering it.
It's after thieves - armed with a knife and a hammer - burst in to a house on Western Road and tied up the two people who were inside.
The incident happened last Monday (18th October) at about 8.45pm. Two men knocked at the door of the property and when it was opened the occupier was punched in the face and threatened with the knife. The second offender ran in to the living room - both of the men in the house were then tied together with tape and threatened with the hammer.
The two offenders stole around £10,000 of property which included mobile phones, a DELL laptop and various antique items - including a bespoke silver goblet and Moor figurine - which they put in two large bags.
One of the victims suffered a bloody nose and the other a cut to his wrist, which was caused by the knife.
Detective Constable Wayne Watson told Heart that incidents like this are rare, but they don't want anyone else to become a victim:
"If you're in any doubt whatsoever then don't answer the door, at all. If you do have a chain on the door and you do answer it, then make sure the chain's in place. And if not, if you've got a spy hole then use that."
"You can't say that this thing will never happen again. It is just really common sense. If you don't know who's on the other side of the door, then don't answer it."
Both of the offenders are white, in their early twenties and were wearing dark clothing and gloves. One of the offenders is about 5ft 6ins, with blond/reddish hair and blue eyes and the other is about 5ft 8ins with dark eyebrows. One of the offenders spoke with a local accent.
Detective Constable Watson added:
"We have a number of witnesses who saw the offenders making off from the scene. However, we are keen to trace anyone who may have been offered any distinctive antique items in the last week. This was a violent attack and the victims are traumatised by what happened. I would urge anyone with information about this incident to call me."
If you know anything you can contact Det Con Watson on 0845 8 505 505 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.