POLICE are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in South Tyneside.
The raid happened in Hogarth Road, Whiteleas, South Shields, just after 8.15pm on Friday.
Two men, wearing balaclavas and armed with Stanley knives, gained entry to an address armed with Stanley knives.
They threatened the occupant before making off on foot with a quantity of jewellery through the cut next to St Mary’s Church.
The men were wearing dark hoodies and sunglasses or ski masks. One was carrying a red sports bag and the other a suitcase.
The householder was shaken but not injured as a result of the incident.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, from South Tyneside Area Command, said: “Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident today and we would ask that any witnesses come forward.
“I’d like to reassure residents that this appears to be an isolated incident.
“However, we realise this may cause concern among the community and we have officers on patrol which I would urge people to speak to.”
Anyone who saw the men in the area at the time or know the whereabouts of the stolen jewellery are asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1193, 15/08/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.