Armed gang steal guns and Rolex watches during raid on home in West End

Elderly couple tied up, blindfolded and ganged during terrifying robbery

Elderly couple tied up, blindfolded and ganged during terrifying robbery

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An elderly couple were tied up, blindfolded and gagged during a terrifying armed raid on their Hampshire home.

Today police stepped up their hunt for the armed gang that carried out the robbery in West End.

The masked raiders smashed through the retired couple's conservatory and then tied up, blindfolded, gagged and threatening the couple.

The gang of three or four men, all dressed in black and wearing ski masks, raided their home stealing a quantity of licensed firearms along with their ammunition.

They also fled with a substantial amount of high quality jewellery together with several gold necklace sets and nine Rolex watches.

Fortunately no one was seriously hurt although one of the victims suffered substantial facial bruising.

Police, who have only today released information about this burglary which happened on August 8, would like to hear from anyone who saw a group of men, or a silver car in the area of A27 Kanes Hill and the junction of Pinewood Park at around 9.15pm.

They would also urge anyone who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour of vehicles in the area to come forward, as they may have valuable information that could help with the investigation.

Detective Inspector Phil Scrase, said: “I am appealing to members of the public who may have any information in relation to this robbery to come forward and speak with the police.

“I am particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have been offered any high value jewellery or watches.

“I would like to reassure the public that there is a dedicated team of officers investigating the matter. The level of violence used was extremely terrifying for the victims involved and it is important that the offenders are identified as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call Southampton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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8:07am Fri 15 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

Why do they wait a week to release information?
The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all.
I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.
Why do they wait a week to release information? The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all. I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week. riverbanks
  • Score: 9

9:28am Fri 15 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

riverbanks wrote:
Why do they wait a week to release information?
The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all.
I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.
Equally if you run a shop dealing in shotguns and were approached to buy a shotgun on August 9. The police may have hypothesized that it was targeted and with a known customer for the guns but then they'd have had to know so much about the gang as to be in no need of help from the public.
[quote][p][bold]riverbanks[/bold] wrote: Why do they wait a week to release information? The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all. I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.[/p][/quote]Equally if you run a shop dealing in shotguns and were approached to buy a shotgun on August 9. The police may have hypothesized that it was targeted and with a known customer for the guns but then they'd have had to know so much about the gang as to be in no need of help from the public. Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

10:49am Fri 15 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

They must have known about all that gear in the house. Not many people have nine Rolex watches! Hope the owners get the stuff back.
They must have known about all that gear in the house. Not many people have nine Rolex watches! Hope the owners get the stuff back. excusemoi
  • Score: 8

4:44pm Fri 15 Aug 14

thesouth says...

riverbanks wrote:
Why do they wait a week to release information?
The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all.
I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.
Seriously?? Can u not think of tactics as to why police don't get straight on the blower the the media?? Obviously not. Go back to watching murder she wrote and let the real police get on with it
[quote][p][bold]riverbanks[/bold] wrote: Why do they wait a week to release information? The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all. I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.[/p][/quote]Seriously?? Can u not think of tactics as to why police don't get straight on the blower the the media?? Obviously not. Go back to watching murder she wrote and let the real police get on with it thesouth
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

david33 says...

This is a terrible crime against people unable to defend themselves let's hope they are ok. Yes you are possibly right maybe there is some knowledge prior to the crime or they've got lucky . It's possible the robbers are out of this area so unlikely anything in the press would be of use anyway but the police have to do it as it's on a list of things to do I guess. Let's hope the property is traced quickly
This is a terrible crime against people unable to defend themselves let's hope they are ok. Yes you are possibly right maybe there is some knowledge prior to the crime or they've got lucky . It's possible the robbers are out of this area so unlikely anything in the press would be of use anyway but the police have to do it as it's on a list of things to do I guess. Let's hope the property is traced quickly david33
  • Score: 1

6:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

thesouth wrote:
riverbanks wrote:
Why do they wait a week to release information?
The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all.
I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.
Seriously?? Can u not think of tactics as to why police don't get straight on the blower the the media?? Obviously not. Go back to watching murder she wrote and let the real police get on with it
Well it seems that the "real" police were "on the blower" to the press about raiding a certain apartment in Berkshire for ....what? But it's nice to see that someone still has faith despite the constabulary's best efforts to disabuse them.
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]riverbanks[/bold] wrote: Why do they wait a week to release information? The jewellery, car and theives are probably long gone now. Also potential witnesses, that may have seen something seemingly insignificant may not be able to recall as accurately if at all. I dont understand the police in this country, you report something stolen and they dont even come out for a week.[/p][/quote]Seriously?? Can u not think of tactics as to why police don't get straight on the blower the the media?? Obviously not. Go back to watching murder she wrote and let the real police get on with it[/p][/quote]Well it seems that the "real" police were "on the blower" to the press about raiding a certain apartment in Berkshire for ....what? But it's nice to see that someone still has faith despite the constabulary's best efforts to disabuse them. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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