A family has been left shaken after an armed gang broke into their home and carried out a terrifying jewellery raid.
A 59-year-old man, a 56-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy were threatened with weapons and a knife before they were tied up in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, on Tuesday evening.
The gang of four men then searched the house, making off with jewellery and watches worth more than £100,000.
After the gang left, one of the family members was able to contact the police.
The suspects all spoke in what is described as broken English and the following descriptions have been provided:
- 5ft 10 inches in height and of stocky build with olive complexion. Wearing dark coloured clothing including a jacket, scarf, hat, tracksuit trousers and black boots. He was carrying a black and white rucksack.
- 5ft 10 inches in height and of medium build with olive complexion. He was also wearing dark coloured clothing including a hooded jacket, tracksuit trousers, hat and woollen gloves. He wore black, beige and green camouflage print Adidas trainers.
- 5ft 10 inches in height and of medium build with fair complexion. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with a scarf covering the lower part of his face. He was wearing gloves, navy tracksuit trousers and black Nike trainers.
- 5ft 10 inches in height and of medium build with a fair complexion. He was wearing a dark-coloured thin padded jacket with stitched squares. He was wearing dark brown trainers with no socks.
Detective Inspector Susie Cairns of Cambuslang Police Office said: “This was a very traumatic experience for this family and I would like to reassure the public that we are doing everything possible to track down the four men responsible.
“Officers are currently carrying out enquiries into this robbery and gathering CCTV footage to gather more information on the four men responsible. There are also additional police patrols in the area to provide public reassurance.
“We do however need the help of the local community and at this time we are urging anyone who may have seen these men in the area prior to the robbery taking place, or who may have seen them leaving afterwards to contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information that may assist this investigation should contact Cambuslang Police Office through 101, quoting reference number 3485 of 31 October. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.