A WOMAN from Crosby, who was the victim of an armed burglary when four masked men broke into her home and threatened her with a knife, has spoken out about her terrifying experience.
The local resident, who is aged in her 60s, did not wish to be named, but has spoken out about the ordeal and how it has left a damaging impact on her life.
It happened on Wednesday, December 2 last year when the cowardly burglars pretended to be delivery men before they barged through the door, knocking the resident to the floor.
They then threatened her with a knife and a hockey stick as they stole two safes from her house, one which weighed 40 – 50kgs.
The safes contained a quantity of sentimental jewellery as well as golden Hindu statues of God Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, which are important to her family’s faith.
The woman was left with injuries to her leg following her ordeal and was extremely shaken.
She said: “Since the burglary, my family and I have really struggled to come to terms with what has happened to us.
“Much of what was taken is irreplaceable – items of jewellery that have been passed down to us from our parents and grandparents that have been in our family for generations.
“We feel like it’s not just possessions that have been taken from us but a part of our family history.
“They’ve also taken statues of the God Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi which are really important to our Hindu faith. They are symbolic of good fortune and positivity in the home and so by taking these statues the thieves have taken away our symbols of hope.
“It’s taken us a while to get together pictures of what was stolen from us because some of the pieces of jewellery haven’t been worn for a while so we have needed to go through our old photo albums to find everything.
“Now that these pictures have been released I’d ask anyone who may know anything about the burglary to please come forward to try and help my family and I regain what we have lost.”
One of the men was described as a white man, skinny and tall with dark coloured eyes.
He was wearing a black face mask, black boots, a beanie hat, beige tracksuit top bottoms and gloves.
A second man was described as having curly hair and wearing a full green, pink and black face mask.
The men are believed to have left the scene in a blue car.
Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “This was a disgraceful crime which has had a lasting impact on the victim.
“Many of the items stolen are family heirlooms with a great deal of sentimental value.
“We are releasing images of some of these very distinctive items and would ask anyone who has seen any of the items, or may have been offered them for sale or as a gift, to contact us.
“Although some time has passed since the incident, as the victim has needed time to gather images of all the items stolen, we would urge anyone who has seen the items or has any information to let us know.
“To be a victim of burglary can have a profound effect on the lives of victims, from the shock and unease felt by having somebody invade your home, the inconvenience of losing property, through to the often severe long-term psychological impacts.
“Since the launch of Operation Castle in 2018, we have seen offenders sentenced to a total of more than 300 years in prison and seen burglary offences decrease year on year.
“Merseyside Police is committed to finding the people responsible for committing crimes such as this and would urge anyone with information to come forward.”