A gang of burglars attacked a terrified pensioner in his own home and stole nearly £13,000 worth of jewellery and cash.
The trio sneaked in through an insecure window when the 73-year-old man was asleep.
He confronted them but was restrained as the men stole watches, rings, gold chains, cash and bank cards.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “They searched the property, waking the occupant. He tried to confront the trio in the hallway but was restrained by one of the culprits.
“The victim was not hurt, but was left shaken by his ordeal.
“The offenders took property from the house and a safe including 40 watches worth £6,000, 40 rings worth £4,000, two gold chains valued at a total of £2,000, £800 in cash and bank cards. It is not known how they escaped.”
Police are appealing for information about the incident at Manor Way, Hoyland, at 4.55am on Thursday, February 27.
The raiders are described as white men.
One was around 5ft 10in tall, stocky and wearing a light-coloured top with a scarf around the lower part of his face.
The others were shorter in height, appeared to be in their early twenties, skinny and wearing black hoodies with the hoods up.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the burglary.
Anyone who can help should contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote incident number 95 of 27 February, 2014.
Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555111.