Posted on 28th November 2013
Officers investigating the theft of thousands of pounds worth of precious metal and jewellery have appealed for help from the public.
The robbery happened at about 5.30pm on Tuesday November 19 when five men, armed with knives, burst into a house on Springdale in Buxton and held a man and three children captive.
They searched the house and stole the family’s jewellery before forcing one of the occupants to drive to his place of work on Staden Lane Industrial Estate in Buxton in his white Mercedes.
The three children, two aged 12 and the other aged eight, were tied up with cable ties and remained in the house with three of the offenders.
Further property was stolen and the suspects returned to the house where the man was reunited with the children.
The suspects, who were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, drove off in the Mercedes and the other family car, a silver Toyota Rav 4. Both these cars were found abandoned in Buxton.
The Mercedes was found on Fernway in Harpur Hill in the early evening on Wednesday, November 20. Officers later spoke to a witness who saw three Asian men acting suspiciously in the area.
The Toyota was discovered on Nursery Lane in Burbage on Thursday November 21.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows, who is leading the investigation said: “This was a horrendous ordeal for the man, his children and their friend who was visiting them. Although no-one was hurt they were terrified by the men who committed this robbery.
“It appears to have been a targeted crime against a local businessman rather than a random attack. This type of offence is extremely unusual in Derbyshire and particularly for the High Peak so it is vital that we find the offenders.
“It’s important that anyone who knows anything about this crime contacts us immediately. We’d like to hear from anyone who was in the Springdale area of the town or on the Staden Lane Industrial Estate between 4pm – 9.30pm last Tuesday.
The wife of the businessman, who was out at the time of the robbery, added: “We can’t believe that they would put my husband, our children and their friend through such an ordeal. The children are very frightened and they are still in shock.
“We are extremely grateful to have had wonderful support from our family and friends as well as the police and the children’s schools.
“We have lived in and around Buxton all of our lives, some fifty years and we have worked very hard for what we have. Our lives will never be the same from now on.
“We really appeal to anyone to think and imagine what we have been through as a family, particularly our small children and we appeal for people with any information to come forward and speak to the police.”
Any who can help with the investigation should ring the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Property stolen from the house includes a platinum chain with diamond necklace, a platinum eternity ring, a black Raymond Weil watch, a white Guess watch, a Storm watch, a Blue John necklace, a platinum hand woven bracelet and various yellow and white gold diamond rings.
Items stolen from the business include gold bars and silver ingots, platinum goblets, chains, rings and other jewellery, gold sovereigns, diamonds and a variety of Berker Brothers wedding rings with a B BROS hallmark.