Police release CCTV footage following aggravated burglary in Chislehurst
PUBLISHED: 14:11 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 23 March 2018
Detectives have released CCTV footage following an aggravated burglary at a family home in Chislehurst.
Bromley Burglary Squad released the video, taken at a residential address on Cookham Dene Close on Monday, March 5 at around 6.30pm.
At around 6.00pm, four suspects approached the address - two of them walked to the front of the gated home whilst the other two walked behind a neighbouring set of bushes.
After no one answered the front door, all four men, one armed with a crowbar, walked around the side of the address via a gate and stood outside the rear patio door, which the man with the crowbar then smashed and all four ran into the premises.
Once inside, one of the men grabbed an 11-year-old boy, dragging him from the lounge to the hallway where the rest of the family were sitting.
An 81-year-old man was then squirted in the face with a liquid, which was believed at the time to be a corrosive substance.
Waving hammers and a crowbar, they then threatened the family with violence if they didn’t tell them where their money and jewellery was kept.
Three of the suspects began to search the house, where one dragged a teenage girl upstairs before demanding to know where the jewellery was.
Another victim was able to call a family member who then alerted police.
Once aware that the police had been called, the suspects filled the girl’s black school bag with various items of jewellery before running off, and are believed to have driven at speed out of the Close in a silver coloured Mercedes.
The suspects are described as four stocky white men, with Irish accents, aged in their mid-20s.
They all wore matching Converse All Star style trainers, baseball caps and puffa-style jackets.
Detectives believe the same group of men are responsible for a number of burglaries in the Chislehurst area, in which the properties have all been broken into through the rear after the doorbell was rung.
Det Con Ben Briselden, from Bromley Burglary Squad, said: “This was a terrifying burglary where a family were at home enjoying their evening and were threatened and attacked by four men who then stole their most valued possessions, which were of great sentimental value.
“We would urge anyone with information about this burglary to get in touch as soon as possible.”
If you can assist police with their enquiries, call Bromley Burglary Squad on 07795 334919 on or 101, or tweet @Metcc.
To call anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For Burglary crime prevention, please visit the Met’s website: www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/residential-burglary.
Police have also advised residents to do the following:
- Property mark your jewellery by using a traceable liquid such as SmartWater - this gives police the best chance of reuniting victims with their stolen property, if recovered. The website www.securedbydesign.com provides information on traceable liquids.
- Consider installing CCTV cameras and burglar alarms as a deterrent.
- Avoid keeping jewellery in bedrooms and bathrooms – this is often the first place a burglar will look.
- Consider keeping your jewellery safe with the National Pawnbrokers Association rather than in a safe which can be removed.
- If you do wear valuables out whilst travelling in public, cover them up so you don’t draw attention to them.
- If you do decide to store your valuable in a safe, ensure it is secured to a wall or floor.
- When out, keep to well-lit areas and try not to travel alone