Officers are appealing for information following a burglary at an address in Stubbington.
The incident happened at around 11.30pm on Thursday, 6 June at an address in Tangyes Close.
The residents became aware of people outside their address and went to investigate. They tried to open their door, but one of the offenders, who was wearing a black mask and armed with a crowbar, held the door shut.
Meanwhile, the other offenders took professional tree cutting equipment from the victims’ garage.
They then made off in the direction of Meoncross School with approximately £4,500 of equipment.
The stolen items are described as:
Two STIHL long reach hedge trimmers.
A STIHL short reach hedge trimmer.
A STIHL back pack blower.
A STIHL brush trimmer.
One of the residents, a woman aged in her 60s, suffered a panic attack as a result of the incident, and was treated by ambulance staff.
Detective Constable Jamie Fagan, said: “This was a traumatic ordeal for the victims and I am appealing for anyone with information to come forward to help us find those responsible. Did you see or hear any suspicious activity in the area of Burnt House Lane on the evening of Thursday, 6 June?
“High value tools can often be targeted by thieves. As always, we would remind people to be vigilant and if they see anything suspicious, report it to us immediately.
“Please do not buy tools or equipment unless it comes from a reliable source. If you’re offered something for sale, which you think may have been stolen, please contact us as soon as possible.”
If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44190195087