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Melbourne man threatened with tools from his own shed

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2:31pm 30th November 2010
(Updated 3:27pm 1st December 2010)

A man's been threatened with a tool from his own shed in a aggravated burglary near York.

It's believed an intruder broke into the out-house of a property in Melbourne and used tools to break-in to the main house.

When the owner returned home he found the man still in his property.

He was threatened with a sharp tool as the intruder escaped

A large amount of expensive jewellery was taken in the robbery between 10am and 11am on Thursday 25th November 2010.

The home owner, a 46 year old man, returned home and had difficulty opening his front door.

He went round to the back of his house, to discover broken glass, tools and an overall by the back door.

The victim shouted out in shock as he attempted to enter his home and made his way upstairs.

A male voice was heard upstairs who allegedly threatened the home owner verbally, whilst holding a sharp implement taken from one of the sheds.

The victim ran back down the stairs and contacted the police.

The offender came down the stairs and left the property taking jewellery and the sharp implement. The offender was seen leaving the scene in a blue coloured Peugeot 207 car.

A blue coloured Peugeot 207 is believed to be responsible for a theft in Scunthorpe the day before (Wednesday 24th November 2010), two make off with out payments in the Goole area and a theft in South Yorkshire.

It is not confirmed this is the same vehicle involved in the Melbourne aggravated burglary but the description of the vehicle are very similar. It is possible the blue Peugeot 207 car involved in the Scunthorpe theft and theft in South Yorkshire may have been displaying stolen number plates from the Doncaster area.

Detective Sergeant Allison Sweeting said;

"To discover you have been burgled is very distressing, however to discover someone is still in your home, can be very terrifying. Luckily burglaries in this area of the East Riding are very rare and we have a very good description of the offender.

"An electronic image has been created of a man, I would like to identify and with the help from the public, I believe my officers will locate the offender.

"Police patrols, including the force helicopter, local officers and officers from the Roads Policing unit, were immediately despatched after we received the emergency call from the victim, but the offender had made good his escape.

"The victim has been left shaken by the incident, but has been given advice and reassurance from the police, that we will do everything we can to locate the offender.

"A lot of sentimental jewellery was stolen during the burglary amounting to a lot of money, and I would also appeal to anyone who has been offered a gold charm bracelet with numerous charms on it including a bird cage, an engagement ring or a wedding ring for sale, to contact the police immediately as a precaution.

"The man I would like to identify has been described as; white, aged in his early twenties, with short dark hair. He is approximately 6 ft tall, and of stocky build. The suspect drove away in a small blue Peugeot car."

Car keys and cash were also stolen during the alleged burglary.

If anyone recognises the man seen in the electronic image or has any information which may assist the police in there enquires, please contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222 quoting crime reference number CJ/1799424/2010

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