Armed with screwdrivers, this is the terrifying moment a gang of burglars boot open the door of a house while the occupants cower inside. In what is
Armed with screwdrivers, this is the terrifying moment a gang of burglars boot open the door of a house while the occupants cower inside.
In what is every homeowner’s worst nightmare, the four masked men are caught on camera taking running kicks at the door of the family home in Bedfont, Middlesex, for 30 seconds until it gives way.
Seconds before, CCTV footage captures them trying to wedge open the door with one of the large screwdrivers.
Two sisters, aged 21 and 25, were chased out of their family home in Bedfont, Middlesex, by a gang of screwdriver-wielding burglars
The sisters live in their five-bedroom home with their mother who was in India at the time
Spotting they are being filmed as a light flicks on in the hallway, a burglar is heard saying ‘we’re all on camera’ before another gestures towards the door and says ‘kick it in.’
As they do so, shouting can be heard coming from inside the suburban house.
The two young women inside managed to flee through the kitchen and out into the garage, where they hid in darkness.
As two of the men began to rifle through their five-bedroom property, the 25-year-old and 21-year-old quickly escaped the property via a side door.
However, they were confronted by the two other men lurking outside the house who chased after them.
With one of the women on the phone to the police, a neighbour alerted by screaming opened their door and ushered them inside to safety.
The women, who wish to remain anonymous for fear of being targeted again, were forced to watch from the other side of the street as the raiders searched through their home and escaped with £1000 in pound coins that was destined for charity but ignored a further £400 in notes.
The masked gang stole £1000 in coins that had been destined for charity but took nothing else
The four burglars, who struck on January 17 at 10.43pm at the detached house in Bedfont, Middlesex, are still at large.
The eldest victim said: ‘We heard the door handle move and then my younger sister went to see who it was and they started to kick the door.
‘They were aware that we were in the house as we had shouted back to let them know but they didn’t care and kicked the door in. We were shouting but they didn’t stop.
‘I said to my sister that we either needed to hide or get out so we ran to the garage until they got in and then the plan was to run out of the house.
‘We assumed there was one or two of them. I stood by the garage door as my younger sister called the police.
‘After the door was kicked in and we could hear them inside, we waited for a moment two before we ran out of a side door in the garage.
‘That’s when we saw more of them. Two of them ran behind us, they didn’t say anything – they just chased us.
The eldest victim said: ‘We’d been saving up the coins for months and months and most of the cash was going to charity and the local temple’
The family had installed CCTV cameras that connect to their mobile phones two weeks before the burglary
‘We managed to run across the street and one of our neighbours quickly opened the door and let us in.
She added: ‘They had screwdrivers and were brazen about kicking their way into a house with the owners inside.
‘I shudder to think what could’ve happened if they’d caught us.’
‘Whilst waiting at the neighbour’s house for the police, we could see our house. The burglars went upstairs and put the lights on. But they had run out of the house before police arrived.
‘We have been left traumatised by this incident and we would really like to know if anyone could recognise anything from the CCTV footage because these men are still out there.’
The women live with their mother and another sister, who were both in India at the time of the break-in.
The family installed CCTV cameras, which connect to their mobile phones, two weeks before the burglary.
In the footage, a car, believed to be a metallic grey Citroen C4, can be seen parked by the drive.
A fifth man is behind the wheel.
The gang made their getaway in the vehicle just before a bus passed by, according to the victim.
In an appeal for more information, she said: ‘The only thing I remember from the incident is that the gang had parked a car in the street facing our house.
‘The vehicle was a Citroen C4 first generation and dark metallic grey in colour.
After they were chased out of their garage, the sisters managed to flee to a neighbour’s house
The eldest victim said: ‘We managed to run across the street and one of our neighbours quickly opened the door and let us in’
‘I’ve mentioned to the police that a bus drove past at the same point and must have captured the number plate.
‘But we haven’t heard back from the officers about this and it’s now been more than a month.
‘Bizarrely, the burglars only stole a bag containing £1000 worth of £1 coins.
‘We’d been saving up the coins for months and months and most of the cash was going to charity and the local temple.
‘There was at least £400 in notes in a separate bag on top of the coins but they didn’t touch that. In fact no jewellery or other valuables were taken.
‘It was fortunate that we’d just put the cameras up so their images have been captured, although in the footage they are hiding their faces behind scarves.
‘The cameras sent an alert to my phone telling me that someone was outside, which confused me as I wasn’t expecting anyone at that time of night.
‘What happened next has left us traumatised but the police haven’t found these men yet and we want to make everyone aware of the danger they pose.’