Burglars strike family home after dark in Barkingside and take Rolex and gold

Sunnymede Drive, Barkingside. Picture: Google Street View

Sunnymede Drive, Barkingside. Picture: Google Street View - Credit: Archant

A family has been left “shaken” after their home was ransacked as darkness fell in their street.

Burglars took about £12,000 worth of gold and jewellery, including a Rolex watch, at a house in Sunnymede Drive, Barkingside, after the family went out on Wednesday, December 9, at about 4.45pm.

Police were alerted at 6.59pm after the homeowners returned when they were notified by their alarm system to see the house turned over.

The 47-year-old father of family, who asked not to be named, said it was a “very traumatic” experience.

“You feel as if you have been invaded,” he said. “Luckily no one was in the house, but it really does shake you up.

“It could have been worse but they didn’t have enough time to take more stuff.”

The homeowner said he caught the culprits on his CCTV cameras after he left the property.

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He said that a woman had been staking out the property before making a phone call. Two men arrived within five minutes and broke in through a window to the rear of the house.

Police, who are reviewing the footage, say no arrests have been made and that inquiries are ongoing.

If you have any information call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.