Terrifying moment armed gang smash their way into family home and hold gun to 11-year-old boy’s head and threaten grandmother, 71, with a knife before stealing Rolex, car keys and jewellery
- The gang attempted to steal a Mercedes and a Range Rover from the driveway
The terrifying moment an armed gang smash their way into a family home by pretending to deliver a parcel is captured in shocking CCTV footage.
Once inside the property in Walsall, the gang threatened a grandmother with a knife and held a gun to her 11-year-old grandson’s head, as he pleaded ‘please don’t shoot my grandad, don’t stab my grandma’.
The six armed robbers stole a Rolex, two sets of car keys and expensive jewellery including two bangles, a chain and two pendants from the Athlone Road property shortly before 12.30pm on Wednesday.
They also attempted to steal a Mercedes and a Range Rover from the driveway but failed as both had an anti-theft device installed.
West Midlands Police are said to have taken the Range Rover for forensic examination. The force confirmed it’s investigating an ‘aggravated robbery’ and has launched an urgent appeal for information.
The terrifying moment an armed gang smash their way into a family home by pretending to be a delivery man is captured in shocking CCTV footage
The armed robbers attempted to steal a Mercedes and a Range Rover from the driveway but failed as both had an anti-theft device installed
CCTV captured the gang entering the property after the first member rang the doorbell and posed as a delivery driver.
The father of the young boy said his son was ‘very shook up’.
He added: ‘These guys had guns, they put a gun to his head and they put a knife to my mom’s throat, which is his grandmother, then they put a gun to my dad’s head.’
The 45-year-old said his son was crying and screaming but the gang ‘weren’t bothered’ as they ‘grabbed’ him and ‘threatened to tie him up and strangle him’.
Footage also shows the men leaving the home and getting into a Range Rover on the driveway, before fleeing on foot ‘when the immobilizer kicked in’.
When the family asked the robbers ‘what do you want?’ , they demanded cash. The father said: ‘We don’t have cash at home, nobody has cash these days.
‘They said “arrange it for us”, then they started going through my mom’s handbag.’
Ten minutes after the break-in, the man’s brother turned up in his Range Rover.
Six men were captured entering the property on Athlone Road shortly before 12.30pm on Wednesday
The gang are spotted fleeing after they stole a Rolex, two sets of car keys and expensive jewellery including two bangles, a chain and two pendants
The distraught man said: ‘They have walked him back in the house and they said “if you want to see your parents alive, shut your mouth and get back inside”.
‘They said [to him] ‘take your chain off, take your bangles off, give us your car keys’.’
The father believes his brother’s arrival sparked concern among the robbers that others would turn up.
He said the gang were equipped with ‘cable ties’ which he thinks were intended to be used to tie up his family and the ordeal would have gone on ‘for hours’ had his brother not turned up.
After the gang fled, around 20 neighbours turned up to help. They were alerted to the incident on the estate’s WhatsApp group.
West Midlands Police confirmed it’s investigating an ‘aggravated robbery’ and has launched an urgent appeal for information
Once inside the property in Walsall, the gang threatened a grandmother with a knife and held a gun to her 11-year-old grandson’s head
The father said the incident has ‘scarred’ his son for life. He added: ‘We went back to my parent’s house this morning and he was scared to go back inside the house.
‘My mom has been awake all night, she says she keeps seeing the same people over and over again.’
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: ‘We are aware of CCTV footage circulating on social media showing a number of men trying to steal a Range Rover from the drive before running off.
‘We are in the early stages of our enquiry and would urge people who may have information to please contact us via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101 quoting crime investigation number 20/822417/23.’
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