A couple have been burgled at knife point at their home in East Dulwich by three masked men – and the suspects are still at large.
Police say they were called to a house on Friern Road, SE22, at 3.53 am on Friday, June 22, to reports of an aggravated burglary, where they found a male and female victim.
According to the Met, the man, who had suffered minor head injuries but declined medical treatment, told officers he was woken in the night by the sound of someone moving around the house.
When he investigated, he saw three three men with covered faces holding knives.
A police spokesperson said: “Suspect one then ran towards the male victim and demanded money.
“He led the victim round the house with the knife pressed to his chest.
“One of the other suspects confronted the victim’s wife and demanded her to take off her jewellery.
“When suspect one and the male victim approached the kitchen, suspect one punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the floor.
“The male victim told suspect one that the premises was alarmed, which resulted in all three suspects running out of the rear door before stealing two cars parked on the drive.”
Police say two mobile phones, two laptops, and several pieces of jewellery were also stolen.
And despite officers – and a police helicopter – searching the area, the suspects were not found.
The Met says the incident is not being linked to other burglaries in the area – but that they are keeping ‘an open mind’.
One of the stolen vehicles has now been recovered, but the other vehicle and items are still missing – and no arrests have been made.
Detective Sergeant Richard Thomas, from Southwark CID, told the News today: “This was a traumatic experience for both the victims who were terrorised in their own home, a place where they should feel safe.
“I would like to re-assure the community that offences of this nature are very rare and we are doing everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.
“I’d urge anyone with information, or anyone who has been offered property they believe to have been stolen, to contact Southwark CID as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Southwark CID on 101 quoting CAD 855/22JUN or Tweet @MetCC.
Information can also be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.