Burglars threaten elderly Stebbing couple with screwdriver and lock them in the bathroom before making off with cash

PUBLISHED: 10:23 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 13 August 2018

The burglary happened on Saturday evening(August 11).

The burglary happened on Saturday evening(August 11).


A Stebbing couple in their 80s were threatened with a screwdriver and locked in their bathroom while burglars searched their home for money and jewellery on Saturday (August 11).

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses after burglars forced their way into a house in Stebbing and demanded money and jewellery from the elderly occupants.

The four men forced open a window at the home in The Downs at about 9.30pm on Saturday, August 11.

One of them threatened the 87-year-old man and 82-year-old woman with a screwdriver.

The men demanded money and jewellery and locked the couple in the bathroom while they searched the house.

They left with a small amount of cash.

Detective Inspector Gary Biddle said: “This was a frightening incident and fortunately the victims were not hurt, but have been left in shock.

“This happened in a small village and it’s possible that residents saw people acting suspiciously in the area at the time or in the days leading up to the incident.

“I’d urge anyone with information, however small, to contact us as it could help us with our investigation.”

Descriptions have been given of two of the suspects. One was white, 6ft 4ins tall and of large build. He had his face covered with a black garment.

The second – who threatened the victims with a screwdriver - was white, 5ft 7ins tall, and of medium build. He had short dark hair, wore a light coloured shirt and jeans. He had netting covering his face.

Both suspects were described as having Eastern European accents.

We want to hear from witnesses or anyone with CCTV or was in the area at the time and has dash cam footage.

Contact PC Gemma White at Braintree CID on 101 quoting reference 42/116033/18.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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