Masked robbers threatened three women with a taser gun in a terrifying late-night break-in.
Police are hunting the raiders who smashed their way into a farmhouse – using a rock and a crowbar – in Hoghton on Friday.
The three women occupants – one a 48-year-old – were threatened with the taser-type weapon before being led to an outside office and locked in.
The robbery took place at around 11.40pm.
Police said the men, who were all wearing balaclavas and gloves, used a rock to smash a rear window of the property and a crowbar to clear the glass away before climbing in.
The women managed to escape from the locked office and ran to a neighbour who contacted the police.
The men had left the property, taking an Apple computer, keys, car keys and £140 in cash.
They are all described as white.
The total value of the haul was more than £800.
Fortunately the women were unharmed but left shaken by their ordeal.
The taser was not discharged, but it can have devastating effects when used on individuals.
A taser is an electroshock weapon often used by police to subdue aggressive people.
They are capable of discharging up to 50,000 volts.
Sergeant Andy Bramhall, of Chorley’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “This is a highly unusual crime in what is a very safe area.
“Even though the women were unharmed, it was a terrifying experience for them. Because they didn’t put up a fight, nobody was hurt.”
The main offender is described as wearing navy joggers, dark trainers and a dark hoodie and balaclava.
He was fair skinned and is said to have spoken with a Bolton accent.
He is described as being 5ft 2ins tall.
The other men are described as white males, who wore dark clothing, a balaclava and gloves. They are said to be 6ft tall.
Anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area at that time, or who has information on the incident can ring police on 101, or they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.