DETECTIVES hunting raiders who threatened to mutilate a grandmother after they forced their way into her home and stole thousands of pounds in cash and jewellery have offered a £3,000 reward.
Officers are hoping the reward put up by Crimestoppers will provide information leading to an arrest into the incident which happened on Saturday, January 12, at Laburnum Grove, Cleadon Village.
Three balaclava-clad men burst into Sylvia Everett and Harry Carrick’s bungalow in Laburnman Grove in Cleadon Village at about 6.10pm on Saturday.
The tied the terrified elderly couple up and covered Mrs Everett’s head with a pillowcase.
They then threatened to chop off the 75-year-old’s fingers, ears and hands, unless they were told where the couple’s safe was.
Police are continuing to investigate and now independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering the reward for information supplied to them leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the aggravated burglary.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, from Northumbria Police, said: “We are following up a number of lines of enquiry and hope that the reward Crimestoppers is putting up could make the difference in us finding those responsible.
“I’d ask anyone with any information to come forward.”
Acting Superintendent Brian Walker, from South Tyneside Area Command, added: “Cleadon is a quiet residential area with generally low crime rates and incidents of this nature are extremely unusual, however we know people may be concerned and we have had officers reassuring the local community.
“Extensive enquiries into the burglary are ongoing. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone that may have seen any suspicious vehicles, or people hanging around, in the Laburnum Grove area around the time the incident happened.
“Anyone with any concerns should contact their local officers and I’d urge anyone with information to also come forward.”
Dave Hunter, North East Regional Manager at Crimestoppers, said: “The people responsible for this crime should not be allowed to get away with these despicable actions, and for this reason I am appealing to the public for their help in coming forward with any information they might have about this incident.
“By contacting Crimestoppers your anonymity is guaranteed and you will not have to give a statement to the police or go to court.”
If you have any information on this crime please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.