A MASKED man armed with a crowbar shut Stubbington residents in their property as other offenders burgled the garage outside. 

Police officers are now appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of tools were stolen during the incident that happened at around 11.30pm on Thursday, June 6 in Tangyes Close.

The residents became aware of people outside their address and went to investigate, but when trying to open their door, it was forced and held shut by one of the offenders, who was wearing a black mask and armed with a crowbar.

Meanwhile, the other offenders took professional tree cutting equipment from the victims’ garage.

They then made off in the direction of Meoncross School with approximately £4,500 of equipment.

The stolen items are described as: two STIHL long reach hedge trimmers; a STIHL short reach hedge trimmer; a STIHL back pack blower; a STIHL brush trimmer.

One of the residents, a woman aged in her 60s, suffered a panic attack as a result of the incident, and was treated by ambulance staff.

Detective Constable Jamie Fagan, said: “This was a traumatic ordeal for the victims and I am appealing for anyone with information to come forward to help us find those responsible.

“High value tools can often be targeted by thieves. As always, we would remind people to be vigilant and if they see anything suspicious, report it to us immediately.

“Please do not buy tools or equipment unless it comes from a reliable source. If you’re offered something for sale, which you think may have been stolen, please contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190195087.