A South Tyneside community has been put on alert after robbers posing as police officers conned their way into a family’s home before stealing cash and jewellery.
Residents have spoken of their shock after the criminals struck at a house in Stanhope Road, Jarrow.
It’s shocking that something like this could happen and it wasn’t even late at night.Resident
Two men wearing dark clothes and balaclavas knocked on the door of the house claiming to be officers of the law.
When a woman, who was inside with her two children, answered the door, one took hold of her before she was threatened and told to hand over cash while one of the men searched the house.
The brazen pair made off with cash and a gold pendant.
The woman was left “very shaken” by the robbery, which took place at about 6.30pm on Friday, but was otherwise unhurt.
One dad who lives in the same street with his partner and children told the Gazette: “I’ve told everyone in the street, as well as my wife, to keep the door locked all the time.
“It’s shocking that something like this could happen and it wasn’t even late at night.
“We moved in here about seven years ago and there have never been any problems apart from the lady who runs the newsagents over the road being robbed at knifepoint a few months back.
“That’s the only thing that I can think of. It’s usually a nice place to live.”
A woman in her 60s who also lives in Stanhope Road, but did not want to be named, said: “I saw the police sniffer dogs searching around at about 7pm on Friday so there were here not long after it happened.
“You just hope the police will catch these people before they do it again.”
Detective Sergeant Dave Henderson said: “This was a frightening experience for this woman and children and we’re appealing for help from the community to find those responsible.”
Police are carrying out inquiries in the area and say that additional officers are on patrol to reassure those living there.
Officers are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact police.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1061 of 06/11/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.