A VULNERABLE pensioner was left terrified after being forced to sit in a chair while his home was burgled by four men at Burtonwood, Warrington.
Detectives are now urging witnesses to come forward following the burglary which took place at around 2pm yesterday (Wednesday April 11) when a man broke into a house on Collins Green Lane in Burtonwood.
He then let three other men in through the front door and they burgled the property while the elderly homeowner was inside and made to sit in a chair while one man watched him as the other three burgled the property.
The offenders stole a quantity of cash and all fled through the front door.
Cheshire Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed or has dashcam footage of the men entering or exiting the house or anything suspicious in the area that afternoon to get in touch.
Detective Constable Jason Heath said: “Burglary is a serious crime in which people are targeted at the place they should feel most safe – their own home.
“In this instance the homeowner was in the property while it was burgled, with one of the offenders making him sit in a chair while the others searched rooms.
“It was a terrifying ordeal for the vulnerable homeowner that has left him extremely shaken up.
“Enquiries into this incident are ongoing and we are determined to catch the offenders and bring them to justice.”
One of the offenders, who spoke with a local accent, is described as white, around 30 years old and approximately 5’ 9” tall. He had an athletic build, was clean shaven and was wearing a baseball cap and grey pants.
Two of the other men had similar facial features to him but looked younger – in their 20s. They were both white, around 5’ 10” tall with average builds and were wearing all black clothes and black baseball caps.
DC Heath added: “If you think you know who you the offenders are or have any other information that may help our investigation, no matter how small, please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 33475, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”