Cou­ple tell of rob­bery ter­ror

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Po­lice Ap­peal - An­drew Bargh

A Peters­burn cou­ple have been left “ter­ri­fied” in their home after a knife- wield­ing thug pre­tend­ing to be a po­lice­man smashed his way into the prop­erty with a bat­ter­ing ram.

The masked in­truder de­manded “spe­cific” items of jew­ellery from the Lu­ing res­i­dents – a 63-year-old man and his 58-year-old wife – and or­dered the pet­ri­fied pair to re­main in their bed­room while he ran­sacked the house

last Thurs­day night be­fore leav­ing empty-handed.

Now the vic­tims can’t sleep at night fol­low­ing their har­row­ing or­deal.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the Ad­ver­tiser, the grandad-ofeight, who asked not to be named, said:“It was ter­ri­fy­ing. We heard a huge bang and rushed into the hall­way.

“A man was shout­ing, ‘po­lice’, and we saw a bat­ter­ing ram com­ing right through the front door.

“We had no idea what was go­ing on and asked him to stop so that we could open it.

“As soon as my wife un­locked the door, this man dressed all in black and wear­ing a ski mask rushed in.”

The pet­ri­fied cou­ple – who have four chil­dren – were pushed into a bed­room as the in­truder de­manded they hand over a“spe­cific watch, chain and bracelet”.

De­spite the house­hold­ers’ protes­ta­tions that they didn’t pos­sess any of the items, the thug went on to ran­sack their home.

The man con­tin­ued:“He was throw­ing draw­ers and boxes around the liv­ing room and re­peat­edly asked for these items.

“He kept com­ing back to the bed­room but the more we said we didn’t have what he was after, the more frus­trated he got.

“My wife no­ticed the knife and be­gan to panic. She wouldn’t say boo to a goose and was ter­ri­fied we were go­ing to get hurt.

“He didn’t threaten us with the knife but he made sure we knew he had it.”

After 15 ex­cru­ci­at­ing min­utes, the in­truder took off empty-handed.

But his vic­tim, who has lived in Lu­ing for 43 years, says the ex­pe­ri­ence has left him men­tally scarred.

He said:“I can’t sleep at night be­cause of the fear I’ve been left with.

“No­body should be scared in their own home. Now we’re ter­ri­fied this will hap­pen again. We’re lis­ten­ing out for ev­ery sound.”

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Cameron Miller, of Coat­bridge CID, said:“Al­though no­body was hurt in what we be­lieve to have been a tar­geted at­tack, this was a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal for the cou­ple and has left them ex­tremely shaken.

“If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion we would urge you to come for­ward and con­tact us on 101.”

Scare tac­tics A masked man (as posed by model) bat­tered through the cou­ple’s door (be­low)

Tar­get Home in Lu­ing

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