A MAN was robbed after three men forced their way into his Batley home.
The incident took place at a house on Bridle Street in Soothill just after 4pm on Tuesday.
The owner of the house, a 50-year-old man, answered the door to a man who said his water supply may have been contaminated and he needed to take a sample.
He told the man he did not believe the story, shut the door and locked it.
Minutes later, the man and two other males went to the back door and began kicking it.
A pane of glass shattered and the householder went to ring the police.
As he did, the three men went to the front door and kicked it, breaking the locks.
All three entered the house.
Two held the householder, while the third searched cupboards and drawers.
The men escaped through the front door with a quantity of cash.
They drove away in a dark, navy blue five-door hatchback car.
The car's boot was open.
The suspect who first approached the house is described as a tall, white male, of medium build in his late teens.
He wore a light coloured striped T-shirt.
The other two men are aged 15 to 18 and both wore T-shirts.
Det Con Russ Conlon said: "It was a nasty attack. We are particularly keen to trace the vehicle. It drove off with the boot open, which we believe was an attempt to hide the actual number plate."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Neil Dunne on 01484 436714 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.