Masked burglars surrounded an unsuspecting middle-aged woman in her Leeds bedroom to start a nightmare ordeal during which she was tied-up, blindfolded and gagged.
One of the intruders threatened to “cut her up” with a knife if she called for help as they ordered her to hand over family jewellery and other valuables.
The 53-year-old Asian woman arrived at her home in Darkwood Way, Shadwell, in her black Vauxhall Astra car at tea-time. She went to collect a number of parcels left her garden shed in her absence.
After retrieving the parcels she opened her house door and went upstairs to put the parcels in a bedroom.
After placing the items on the bed she turned around and was shockinglyy confronted by a man in a balaclava mask who said: “Don’t scream or I will cut you up,” The man then shouted to accomplices and two other masked men entered the bedroom.
The first raider then orded one to “Get the knife out” before turning to the woman and ordered: “Get your jewellery and where’s your wedding necklace”. This is believed to refer to the woman’s traditional Asian jewellery.
Terrified the woman showed the man where she kept her jewellery box in a wardrobe and the man grabbed the box and its contents.
He then threw the woman face down on to the bed and passed the jewellery box to his two accomplaces.
With her face down on the bed the raider forced the woman’s hands behind her back and tied them with flex from a set of electrical hair straighteners.
As he did this material was stuffed in the woman’s mouth to prevent her shouting for help. One of the gan grabbed a dress which was hanging nearby and threw it over her and wrapped it around her head to block the woman’s sight.
The first robber then snatched her handbag and rummaged through it seeking valuables and possibly her car keys.
The gang then are thought to have fled from the house and driven off in her Astra car registration YD56 GKU.
After some time the woman managed to wriggle her wrists loose enough to get her hands free and telephone for the police. The stolen car was still missing yesterday.
One of the items of jewellery stolen in the raid was a distinctive Rolex watch.
Detectives hunting the gang suspect the victim was targeted because she was alone at her home in the Leeds suburban village of Shadwell. They struck at 6.15pm on Tuesday.
The first burglar to confront the woman is described as a white man wearing a balaclava with eye holes, aged in his 20s, about 6ft tall and of stock build. He wore black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers, a zip-up jacket and spoke with a local English accent.
The other two intruders were also believed to be white, in their early to mid 20s and 5ft 11in to 6ft tall. They also spoke with local accents and wore dark clothing and trainers.
Anyone who has information about the raid or possibly saw men fitting the descriptions in the Shadwell area or the Astra car is urged to contact North East Leeds CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 urgently.