10:01am 6th March 2012
Police brand two robbers "cowardly" after targeting elderly Cornish people in their own homes.
The men burst into the houses in Camborne and Blackwater on Friday holding down the occupants while they stole cash and jewellery.
Detectives think the attacks are linked to another in Exeter.
In the first attack in Camborne, between 3.00 and 3.30pm, two men entered a bungalow. When confronted by the elderly couple living there, one of the men threatened them and forcibly restrained them while his accomplice stole cash and jewellery. Police want to know if a getaway vehicle was used.
Both are described as white, in their late teens to mid twenties, wearing dark clothing. The taller of the two is described as wearing gloves. One of them may have been carrying a cereal box, which is thought to have been used to carry away the jewellery.
Then, between 4pm and 4.30pm a house in South View Terrace, Blackwater was targeted. A man rang the doorbell before barging in telling the occupant he had to check something within the house. He ignored requests for ID.
The occupant had his phone snatched from him as he tried to dial 999 and was restrained. Another man burst in and started searching the house. When he found cash both left.
The first male is described as about 5’9” tall of slim build with short dark hair, clean shaven, aged in his 20’s. He was dressed in all black clothing and was of a casual appearance.
The second male was slightly shorter and of stouter build, with a round face. He is described as being possibly 17-20 years old. Again he is described as wearing all black/dark clothing.
The pair left on foot and ran towards the direction of North Hill towards a medium sized car which was seen parked up at the entrance to South View Terrace near to North Hill.
Witnesses describe seeing a blonde haired female sat in the driver’s seat with a couple of young children in the back. Police wish to identify the vehicle and its occupants.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact the police. A spokesman said, "This is a particularly cowardly crime on an elderly couple. Thankfully they are both recovering well from their ordeal."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.
10:01am 6th March 2012