Masked raiders snatch £30,000

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A Doncaster pizza shop owner has lost £30,000 in a terrifying raid on his home by thugs wearing horror masks, it has been revealed.

Detectives say the robbery at a house in High Hazel Road, Moorends, was not a random attack.

They are keen to speak to any passengers on an 87 or 88 bus which passed the 51-year-old man’s home at around 11.15am last Thursday, November 7, and who may have seen the gang of four thugs leaving the premises after they had ransacked it.

The owner of the Pizzaland takeaway in Moorends was at home on his own when the four men, some wearing masks, burst in and demanded his valuables.

Det Con Lee Szedzielarz, leading the investigation, said: “Fortunately his wife and three children were out at the time or it could have been much worse.

“He is obviously very upset, not just because of the amount of property taken but the violation of the family’s home.”

DC Szedzielarz said it was obvious the family had been targeted because the men demanded items specifically.

The businessman was threatened with a seven-inch kitchen knife and a metal bar, but managed to escape from the house and raise the alarm with other residents of the street.

About a minute later the gang, who had grabbed £30,000 worth of cash, jewellery and electrical goods, escaped in a black BMW – which had been stolen the previous week from a compound at Kirk Sandall.

Police believe people on the bus or at a bus stop may have information about the raiders. Call 101 quoting incident 366 of November 7.