£10,000 reward issued to capture crowbar burglars

11:35am Friday 27th December 2013

By Ashley Barnard

A MAN has offered a £10,000 reward for information about a burglary at his North Yorkshire home that saw his family threatened with crowbars.

The man’s young family were left traumatised when four masked men broke into their house in High Birstwith, near Harrogate, at around 5.15pm on Friday, December 6, brandishing crowbars.

The men, who were of Asian appearance, took six shotguns, a rifle and a collection of expensive jewellery before leaving the scene in the family’s white Porsche 911, which they later abandoned on White Wall Lane, in Tang.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a separate reward of up to £2,000 for information passed to 0800-555-111 leading to an arrest and conviction of the persons responsible. Only information passed to the charity's phone number will qualify for this part of the reward.

A Crimestoppers spokesman said: “This is a particularly nasty crime, especially being so close to Christmas, which has left a family badly shaken as a result of a terrifying ordeal."

Police have been following a number of leads but have yet to identify any suspects.

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell said: “There is a substantial amount of money on offer for anyone with information about this incident.

“It has been a very difficult time for the family and they are struggling to come to terms with being confronted in such an alarming manner in their own home.

“Somebody out there knows who is responsible and I am appealing to anybody with information to do the right thing, come forward, and help this young family find justice.”

Anyone with information can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Harrogate CID, or Crimestoppers.

The rewards offered are for information which leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible.

Please quote reference number 12130211258 or Operation Hebron when passing information about this incident.

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