A couple have shared their terrifying story after four men broke into their Rushden home and tied up and assaulted them, before getting away with money and jewellery on Wednesday night.
The burglary happened at a property in Hayway, Rushden, where the offenders tied up the victims, threatened them with a knife and got away with cash and jewellery.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he was sitting in his lounge with his wife when the incident happened.
He said: “It was absolutely terrifying, me and my wife were just sitting there watching television.
“We were just sitting there watching television at about 9.30pm, when four masked blokes came crashing through the conservatory, and before we could do anything they were in the room with baseball bats and knifes.
“They came at me, pepper sprayed me and tied me up with cable ties. They did the same to my wife as well.”
The man said he was dragged into the hallway, as the burglars wanted to separate him from his wife.
The couples hands and feet were tied up, and they were left on the floor while the culprits searched the house.
The man added: “All we heard was a loud bang, and with seconds they were in the room and tying us up, what can you do? You can’t even defend yourself.”
He said the burglars went searching through the house, pulling open every draw, searching through and stealing things they thought were valuable.
The police said the burglars made off with money and jewellery.
The jewellery stolen included a gold and silver Rolex Oyster watch, gold Geneve watch, nine carat gold bracelet watch, a gold and silver plated pocket watch and a heavy gold bracelet. All the jewellery stolen were men’s jewellery items.
Before the burglars left they turned off all the lights and pulled the plugs out of the telephones.
The victim said that both he and his wife are worried now after the attack. He said: “ Somebody obviously made a plan to get into anybody’s house that has got glassed windows or a conservatory.
“They can just come straight through the conservatory. “
He added: “Who is safe in their own house now?
“You can be sitting in your house, sitting down, when somebody can come crashing in through your window with baseball bats and knifes.
“You expect this sort of thing in London, or a big city, but not in Rushden.”
The man then questioned whether the police are keeping people safe, when this can happen the way it did.
He added: “I want people to know it was a violent and vicious robbery that happened in somebody’s property.”
The couple both suffered bruising from the cable ties.
Police are appealing for witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.