South Yorkshire: Â£5,000 reward offered following armed robbery at a family home in Doncaster
September 25, 2012, 2:17 pm
Local businesses in Doncaster have raised a reward of £5,000 to be paid to anyone who provides information that results in the conviction of those responsible for an armed robbery that occurred at a property on Spring Lane, Sprotbrough, on Friday, 7 September.
South Yorkshire Police have also issued CCTV images of the suspects and the actual robbery at the property.
At approximately 5.45pm on the Friday evening, three men driving a black Audi A5, pulled into a field behind the property on Spring Lane.
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Two men then got out of the car entered the garden of the property. One man was wearing a mask over his face and the other man was wearing a scarf pulled up to the bridge of his nose. Both men were brandishing knives.
The residents of the property, a 44-year-old man, his wife and three children, were all present at the home when the men entered the garden.
The 44-year-old confronted the two men in the garden and was threatened with a knife, with threats of violence also made towards his family.
He was forced into his home by the men who demanded money and other items of value which he was made to take from the safe.
The man was then punched in the face and the two men left the property with the cash and items.
It is believed they were then stood on Spring Lane for a short time until a passing white Ford Transit van picked them up and dropped them off outside the Sun Inn on Barnsley Road, Scawsby, Doncaster.
Police initially arrested eight men in connection with the robbery as part of the investigation and are appealing for anyone with any information to please come forward.
DI Rich Partridge said: “This was a particularly nasty and violent robbery that has had devastating effects on the family and has left them extremely shaken and feeling incredibly vulnerable.
“The family residence was targeted during daylight hours and the threats of violence in the presence of young children, and the possession of weapons, is a cause for great concern.
“I would urge anyone with information regarding the men involved, the Audi or Ford Transit van used in connection with the robbery, or who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour at the time of the offence or the days leading up to it, to please come forward to assist with the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to please call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 857 of 7/9/12.
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