Detectives Seek Estate Car Used By Armed Gang In Robbery At Family Home

9 November 2017, 17:15

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Police hunting an armed gang who tied up a family in their home before stealing jewellery worth more than £100,000 are trying to trace a car believed to have been used in the robbery.

Detectives made a fresh appeal for information more than a week after four men forced their way into the house in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire.

The father, 59, and mother, 56, were threatened with weapons including a knife before being tied up.

Their 11-year-old son was also bound before they raided the property in the town's Blantyre Road on October 31.

Jewellery and watches worth a six-figure sum were taken in the raid around 7.30pm.

The family were not injured but left ''extremely'' shaken.

Officers have been reviewing CCTV from the area and believe a dark estate car was used by the gang.

It was seen parked in Blantyre Road before the robbery and heading towards Uddingston Road afterwards.

Detective Inspector Susie Cairns said: "A dedicated team of specialist officers is working on this investigation and from enquiries carried out so far, we believe that a blue or dark coloured estate vehicle may have been involved in the incident.

"The car was seen parked up in Blantyre Road prior to the robbery taking place and it is believed to have made off in the direction of Uddingston Road following the incident.

"We would appeal to anyone who may have seen the vehicle, or four men acting suspiciously, to please come forward.

"We would also ask any motorists who were in the surrounding area on the evening of Tuesday 31 October, who have a dashcam which may have captured any information regarding the incident, to get in touch."

The suspects were all said to be around 5ft 10in and spoke what is described as broken English.

The first is said to be stocky with an olive complexion, wearing dark-coloured clothing including a jacket, scarf, hat, tracksuit trousers and black boots. He was carrying a black and white rucksack.

The second was of medium build with an olive complexion. He was also wearing dark clothing including a hooded jacket, tracksuit trousers, hat and woollen gloves. He wore black, beige and green camouflage print Adidas trainers.

The third was of medium build with a fair complexion. He was wearing a dark hooded top with a scarf covering the lower part of his face. He also had gloves, navy tracksuit trousers and black Nike trainers.

The fourth was of medium build with a fair complexion, wearing a dark, thin padded jacket with stitched squares. He was wearing dark brown trainers with no socks.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cambuslang CID on 101, quoting incident number 3845 of Tuesday 31 October, or make an anonymous report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.