Masked raiders are being hunted after they burst into a woman’s detached home and stole jewellery worth more than £21,000.
Now the victim has offered a £5,000 reward to help locate her distinctive diamond earrings and for information about the robbery.
The gang struck on Monday evening as the householder, aged in her 60s, was resting on a sofa in the lounge of her detached village home in North East Leeds.
The intruders smashed through a French window into the property at about 9.15pm and immediately confronted the owner.
Bravely the woman, alone at the time, attempted to pull one of the raider’s masks from his face before she was forced to stop struggling.
Making threats, the three men ordered her to tell them where her jewellery and valuables were located. While one is thought to have forced her to remain in the room, the other two robbers ransacked rooms throughout the house both upstairs and downstairs looking for her valuables.
As they scoured the property the men grabbed the earrings, a Cartier “tank” watch with a square black face valued in excess of £300, cash from a wallet and a black make-up bag.
The bespoke hand crafted ear-rings feature “open basket” six claw settings in 18ct white gold and screw back fittings. One stone is a brilliant cut 2.21ct diamond with an I/J colour and VVS1 clarity and the other is a brilliant cut 2.49ct diamond in a K colour and pique two clarity. They are valued at £21,000.
The men fled the home the way they had entered, probably to a getaway car. Their badly shaken victim called the police.
The ringleader – in his 20s and about 5ft 10in tall and light skinned, wore a grey long sleeved top, dark bottoms, a black mask and light grey surgical style latex gloves.
Another, about 5ft 5in tall and of heavier build, wore dark clothing and a similar mask. The third, in his early 20s, wore dark clothing.
Today Det Con Jan Sweeney appealed to any one offered the ear-rings or watch, particularly jewellers, to contact North East Leeds CID at Stainbeck on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.