Violent Dartford burglary leaves man with broken jaw
PUBLISHED: 15:27 24 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:27 24 July 2014
A violent aggravated burglary left a husband and wife needing hospital treatment.
The incident took place at Highcross Road, Southfleet, Dartford, at 10.15pm on July 1, and detectives are urging witnesses to come forward.
The three offenders were wearing balaclavas and forced their way in to the property by forcing the patio doors open with a paving slab.
The occupants were asleep in bed, and the suspects made their way in to the bedroom and subjected the husband and wife to an assault which involved a baseball bat and cable ties.
They were both taken to hospital, with the husband suffering from a broken jaw, fractured eye socket, severe swelling and bruising.
He had to undergo surgery to treat some of the injuries.
His wife also suffered a fractured eye socket.
Before leaving, the three offenders gained access to a safe and stole jewellery, cash and personal items.
Investigating officer Det Const Alan Poulton said: “This was a violent robbery by offenders who knew what they wanted.
“This was an isolated incident, albeit an incredibly frightening one for the gentleman and his wife who were asleep when these men forced their way into their home.
“We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry but would very much like to hear from anyone who may have information about the robbery. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the offence or have been offered unique jewellery recently at discounted prices, we want to hear from you as soon as possible.”
A cash reward of up to £5000 is offered to anyone who provides information which directly leads to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for this crime.
Anyone with information should contact DC Alan Poulton on 01474 330600 or call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.