Elderly woman confronted by four burglars in her Coalpit Heath home
BURGLARS forced their way into an elderly woman's home and ordered her to sit in a chair as they stole a safe and other valuables.
Police are calling for anyone who saw anything suspicious in Boundary Road, Coalpit Heath, at the time of the burglary to get in touch.
They also want to hear from anyone who may have seen a safe being dumped near Hambrook Lane.
The four criminals forced their way in to the home of the woman, who is in her 80s, last Wednesday afternoon.
The crime was reported when the woman's son came home in the early evening.
Avon and Somerset police say the suspects were white and wore surgical masks. One was wearing a light blue hooded top.
After telling their victim to stay in her chair the men searched upstairs rooms in the house, taking a free-standing safe which contained cash and personal papers, a silver pocket watch engraved 'H Samuel Liverpool', an Ingersoll pocket watch in a leather case and a computer, all of which belonged to the woman's son. Police say the Ingersoll watch had belonged to his grandfather and is of sentimental value.
Before leaving, the burglars also took cash from the woman's handbag.
The safe, some paperwork and other items were found dumped on land off Hambrook Lane, near its junction with Harry Stoke Lane and Church Road in Stoke Gifford, afterwards.
Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area and are calling on anyone who was in the Boundary Road area on Wednesday afternoon and saw anyone acting suspiciously to call 101 quoting crime reference number 5220 260 668.
Anyone who saw items being dumped off Hambrook Lane should call the same number.
Officers are especially keen to hear from anyone with dashcam, CCTV or smart doorbell footage they believe could help.
Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.