Jewellery worth a significant amount of money and gold was stolen from a Northampton house by thieves who tricked their way into the property by pretending to be from the water board.
Two men knocked on the door of a house in St James Park Road sometime between 2.40pm and 3pm on Wednesday, March 12.
One of the men said the neighbouring property was having trouble with their water and asked to check the water pressure.
Once inside the house, the two men went upstairs, searched the building and stole a significant amount of gold and jewellery as well as a safe.
The victims of the theft were an elderly couple, including a blind man who subsequently had to be taken to hospital after he had a panic attack.
The first man was clean shaven, aged between 40 and 45, about 5ft 6in and was stocky with short black hair.
His accomplice was aged between 45 and 50, slim and about 5ft 8in.
They fled the scene in a silver Mercedes.
Witnesses to this incident or anyone with information can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To help prevent similar robberies, Northamptonshire Police has issued the following advice to home owners with large jewellery collections:
- Invest in a safe, and ensure it is securely fixed to a brick wall.
- Alternatively, consider using a bank safety deposit box to store gold or high value jewellery.
- Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery with a written description - this will help in appealing for information and returning it to you if it is stolen. Ensure you also have an agreed valuation from your insurance company.
- Make sure your jewellery is marked with a product appropriate for use on jewellery visit www.securedbydesign.com for property marking products.
- Remember to lock all external windows and doors including rear and side entrances when you go out.