Two men threatened at knife point by burglars posing as policemen in Willesden
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Two terrified victims were attacked and threatened at knife point by burglars dressed up as police officers.
A man in his 60s, who was house sitting for his stepson in Donnington Road, Willesden, answered the door to a caller dressed in body armour with police written across it.
After the man answering the door asked for ID, the fake policeman shouted at the victim to let him in, pulled out a knife, grabbed him by the collar and pushed him into the hallway.
A second man wearing the same uniform then burst in and the victim was pushed upstairs by the first suspect who shouted: “Where’s the female? Where’s the safe? Where’s the Rolex?”
On reaching the landing the victim called out to his friend who was asleep in a bedroom.
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The second intruder then ran into the room and repeatedly punched the second man in the head and kicked him in the ribs demanding to know where the Rolex watch and safe were.
When he said he didn’t know anything the first victim was also punched in the face.
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The two suspects went on to ransack the house taking a number of things before rushing out of the front door and driving off in the direction of Harlesden Road in a white Toyota Prius.
The victims called the police at 9.48pm on Friday, August 11.
Neither man’s injuries were life-changing or life-threatening although the second man needed hospital treatment.
The first suspect is described as a black man, aged about 30. The second is described
as a black man aged in his
early to mid 20s.
DC Neil Kember, from Brent CID, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims who were terrorised in a place where they should have felt safe.
“The suspects posed as police officers in a bid to gain the victims’ trust.
“The first victim did the right thing by insisting the suspect provide identification. If you are suspicious of a caller, we would advise people not to open the door.
“We would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident or the suspects to contact Brent CID so we can bring those responsible to justice,” the detective added.
Anyone with information is asked to call Brent CID on 020 8733 3737 or 101, or Tweet @MetCC or to give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.