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Shotguns and expensive jewellery stolen in Harrogate aggravated burglary

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary near Harrogate.

A collection of expensive jewellery and five shotguns were stolen in the burglary which occurred at a property in the High Birstwith area at around 5.15pm on Friday 6 December 2013.

The offenders, described as four men of Asian appearance, left the scene in the family’s white Porsche 911 which was found abandoned nearby.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the village or the surrounding area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

A young family were left traumatised after these offenders burst into their home wearing balaclavas and threatening them with a crowbar at around teatime on Friday evening.

Such crimes are fortunately rare in North Yorkshire so I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward.

Anyone who is offered any jewellery items or shotguns for sale in suspicious circumstances is also urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers with information.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Harrogate CID.

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12130211258 or Operation Hebron when passing information about this incident.

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