£3,000 reward after burglars terrorise couple

Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Northumberland are releasing details and images of some of the jewellery stolen in an effort to catch those responsible. ''Around 11pm on Tuesday, June 26, three men broke into a house in Capheaton.
Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Northumberland are releasing details and images of some of the jewellery stolen in an effort to catch those responsible. ''Around 11pm on Tuesday, June 26, three men broke into a house in Capheaton.
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CRIMESTOPPERS has offered a reward of up to £3,000 for information about a terrifying Northumberland burglary.

The Herald has previously reported how three men, wearing balaclavas and armed with what is thought to be an axe, forced their way into a house in Capheaton, threatened the occupants and tied them up.

One of the men stole the couple’s black VW Scirroco and drove to their nearby jewellery shop in Kirkharle Courtyard, where he stole some jewellery, while the others ransacked the house.

They then fled the scene and the stolen car was found in Acomb.

Inquiries into the incident, which took place at about 11pm on Tuesday, June 26, are ongoing and police have been speaking to locals and checking CCTV footage, as well as liaising with other forces.

Now Crimestoppers is offering up to £3,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible.

The offenders are described as men wearing black clothing and black balaclavas.

One was around 6ft tall with a heavy build, while the other two were around 5ft 7ins tall and of slight build. At least one is believed to have a Scottish accent.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police have released images, pictured, of some of the jewellery stolen.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have been offered any of the jewellery for sale to come forward. Each piece has distinctive serial numbers and an FAH clover-style marking unique to the jeweller.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Bentham said: “We have had a positive response from the public in Capheaton, Kirkharle and Acomb and are following up a number of calls that have come into the incident room.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, ext 69191.