The husband of a Chorley woman who was bound, gagged and robbed at knife point has appealed for information to catch the thieves.
The dad, who is too scared to be named, has spoken out after three men burst in to his home in Worthy Street in broad daylight on Friday.
They handcuffed his terrified wife, who was on her own in the house at the time, taped her mouth and threatened her with a knife - demanding cash and jewellery.
However, they only managed to escape with a few items of gold and loose change from her purse.
The victim’s husband said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything or knows the people responsible to come forward.
“It is important that the perpetrators are caught as it’s a huge cause for concern not just for us, but the whole community.”
His wife said she had heard a loud bang at the front door at around 11.45am, but the men had already barged in before she had chance to answer it. She described how she was then bound and gagged whilst they searched the house.
She told the Guardian: “It was terrifying. They took my jewellery, including some that I was wearing, and the money from my purse, but it was only a few pounds as we don’t keep cash in the house.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before.”
The family contacted their ward councillor, Hasina Khan soon after the ordeal and she dialled 999.
She said: “They were obviously terrified and didn’t know what to do.
“I dialled 999 straight away and the police acted really quickly. There was officers and crime scene investigators at the address within minutes.
“They spent most of the afternoon collecting evidence and DNA and they were really good.
“The victim was very brave, but it must have been awful for her as she had been in the house on her own at the time.
“She said the men had banged on her door, but barged in before she had chance to answer it.
“Incidents like this are very rare in the area and Chorley East is generally a safe place.
“The reaction from the community has been amazing and everyone has pulled together to support the family.
“The woman wasn’t injured and that’s all that matters.”
Coun Khan said the thieves, two of whom are described as Asian and the third mixed race, may have been wearing fake identity badges. All three had dark jackets on and one offender was wearing a balaclava.
Det Sgt John Entwistle, from Chorley CID, said: “Although not physically hurt, the woman has been left feeling extremely shaken following what can only be described as a terrifying ordeal.
“I would appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time who may have witnesses suspicious activity to come forward.”
Amongst the jewellery stolen was a gold bracelet, 11 gold bangles, a necklace with a pendant, a necklace and earring set as well as a debit card.
Call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.