Four would-be burglars were stopped in their tracks when the resident of the house they were trying to burgle threw a piggy bank at them.
The four men tried to burgle a house in Barton Road at around 11.30am this morning.
They climbed into the back garden and used two ladders, which were in the victim’s shed, to remove alarm boxes from the front and rear of the property.
The victim heard a noise and looked out of the window to see one of the offenders stood on a canopy.
The victim screamed and hurled a piggy bank at the offender who ran off with the others through a neighbouring garden towards Enderby Close.
The offenders were all white males who were wearing dark clothing and caps.
PC Jenny Buckley said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victim and we are keen to track down those responsible before they have another opportunity to try and burgle another home.
“When the offenders fled the scene they ran straight into the path of traffic which caused several cars and a white van to brake sharply to avoid hitting them. I’d really like to speak with any of the drivers who were involved as they may hold key information.
“Please don’t dismiss your information as unimportant, small or insignificant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Buckley, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.