Aggravated burglary in Banbury’s Gilkes Yard
Men kick open front door to gain access to property
Four men smashed their way into a property in Gilkes Yard in Banbury when the occupant inside did not answer the door. Initially the men had rung the door bell, but when no answer came they forced their way in by kicking the front door open.
The men entered the property and demanded money and drugs. One of the men is believed to have had a knife, but he did not use this against the victim.
Two mobile phones and a laptop were stolen. The two mobile phones were later recovered from a nearby garden.
When the four men left the property they ran in the direction of Broughton Road, and turned left towards Bath Road.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Claire Rennie based at Banbury police station said: “This was a frightening experience for the victim. I am appealing for any witnesses, or anyone who may have information about this incident, to please come forward. I would also ask any residents or motorists who were in the local area around the time of this burglary to check any CCTV or dash-cam footage in case it may have captured something that could assist with the investigation”.
The four offenders are described as Asian or black men, in their twenties, all around 5ft 7ins tall and of slim build. They were all wearing black hooded tops, black jogging bottoms and black racing driver style balaclavas.
Anyone with information can contact the police by calling the non-emergency number 101, or make a report online quoting reference 43200079394. Alternatively a report can be made via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.