Two investigations are underway following robberies in which gold jewellery was stolen and the victims threatened.
The first incident occurred at around 9.30pm on Thursday 29 November, at a property in Macaulay Crescent, Armthorpe.
Four men with their faces covered, are reported to have forced their way into the house, carrying a small metal bar. A 70-year-old man inside the house suffered minor injuries as a result of being assaulted by the men. A 63-year-old woman, also inside the house, was not injured.
The men then searched the house before taking a large quantity of gold jewellery.
The following Monday (3 December), just after 7.30pm, three men approached the home of a 36-year-old woman, claiming to be from the ‘border agency.’ They are then said to have forced their way in, before threatening the woman, a 56-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy if they did not hand over any valuables.
Two of the men are said to have been carrying large screwdrivers. The 56-year-old man sustained minor injuries during the incident. A substantial amount of gold and silver jewellery was stolen.
Both incidents have understandably left the occupants incredibly shaken.
As dedicated teams of CID officers carry out enquiries in to both incidents, Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley, District Commander for Doncaster, is appealing for information and also providing reassurance to the local community.
“CID officers across the district are working incredibly hard to identify the offenders involved in both incidents and it goes without saying that these incidents are priorities for us here in Doncaster.
“Already, officers have been following up a number of lines of enquiry, including examining forensic opportunities, obtaining any available CCTV footage, and carrying out house to house enquiries.
“We remain keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious relating to these two incidents. If you think you have any information that could help, please contact us straight away.
“Over the coming weeks, our local neighbourhood team will be in the area offering crime prevention advice and holding crime prevention roadshows, where people can speak to an officer and ask more about measures they can take to protect themselves and also their home.
“There will also be the opportunity to have your property marked with SmartWater technology, to make it easily identifiable and less attractive to thieves.
“I know how worrying incidents like this are and the concern it will have caused within the community but please be assured, we will keep you updated about our progress in relation to these ongoing investigations and I’d encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to us.
Anyone with information is asked to phone 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously quoting incident number 929 of 29 November 2018 or 767 of 3 December 2018.
Crime prevention meetings will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday 11 December – 6.30pm at Intake Community Centre
Wednesday 12 December – 6.30pm at Town Fields Pavilion
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