A man was awoken from his sleep by four burglars in a terrifying break in at his home in Dewsbury.
The drama happened at 3.15pm on Wednesday when four unknown male suspects forced entry through a ground floor window of the house on Headfield Road.
They told the 42-year-old man they were there to check the water and gas.
One suspect kept the victim in the kitchen, while the others searched the property and removed a number of items.
The suspects left on foot.
Det Insp George Bardell of Kirklees CID said; “Clearly this has been a frightening experience for the occupant of the property.
“This incident has occurred during the early afternoon when there will have been a number of people about, going out their business, and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident to think back to if they saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward.
“It is possible that someone may have seen the suspects prior to, or as they left the property, and again, I would ask people to think back to if they saw anything, no matter how insignificant it may seem to speak to the police.
“We are conscious of community concerns following a series of offences towards the end of 2015 in the area, where a number of people were injured during robberies and aggravated burglary offences.
“A number of arrests were made in connection with those offences and our enquiries continue to bring those responsible to justice.
“No violence was used or threatened against the victim in this incident, and I do not believe this is linked to those offences.”
The victim has been able to provide descriptions of two of the men.
Suspect one is described as a white man aged in his 40’s, 5’ 7” tall and of medium build. He had short black hair and a long face and wore a black jacket and blue jeans.
Suspect two is described as a white man aged in his early 30’s, 5’7” tall, of heavier build than suspect one with a long, small face, and a long nose. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101, or alternatively via the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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