Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following an aggravated burglary in the town – with police releasing CCTV images.
The incident, in which a group of men forced entry to a property on the Quay, happened at approximately 11.10pm on Sunday 6 April 2014.
The victim, a local 22-year-old man, answered his door to find a group of men standing there who tried to enter. The victim attempted to hold them back but the five men forced their way in. He received a minor injury – a small cut from a knife one of the offenders carried.
A 22-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were also present inside the flat at the time. The man was punched and suffered from a minor injury.
The offenders searched the property and stole electrical items and a quantity of cash.
The offender’s ages are believed to be from 18 to late twenties and at least one of them was white. They were all of slim build and between five feet five inches and five feet eight inches tall. One of the offenders was taller – about six feet two inches.
Detective Constable James Lees, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident that left the residents feeling very distressed.
“I believe that when the offenders left the property, they got into a dark coloured vehicle on Cinnamon Lane.
“I am now in the position to release CCTV images of the suspects which I would like to identify as soon as possible.
“I would urge anyone who recognises them to contact Dorset Police.
“I am also appealing for anyone who recalls any suspicious activity in the area at the time and anyone with any information about the men responsible to call 101.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 6:400. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.