Detectives investigating an armed robbery in Buxton in which a family were held captive in their own home are following up several new lines of inquiry after the offence appeared on Crimewatch.
The robbery, which occurred on November 19 at around 5.30pm when five men armed with knives burst into a house on Springdale and held a man and three children captive, was reconstructed on the BBC’s Crimewatch last night (Wednesday).
Officers investigating the robbery, in which thousands of pounds worth of precious metal and jewellery were stolen, say they received around 25 calls from members of the public after the show and have several lines of inquiries to follow up.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows, who appeared live in the Crimewatch studio, said: “There are a number of points key to the investigation that we would like to make the public aware of.
“These include strong connections to the Manchester area; one of the offenders wore Adidas tracksuit bottoms with three white stripes down the legs; the distinctive red and black gloves worn by offenders and one of the men had a white Trespass logo on the back of his jacket.
“We would also like people to think if there is anyone they know who may have come into some money before Christmas and perhaps spent a considerable amount on presents.”
The offenders searched the family home and stole jewellery before forcing the man to drive to his place of work on the Staden Lane Industrial Estate in his white Mercedes.
The children, two aged 12 and the other aged eight, were tied up with cable ties and remained in the house with three of the offenders.
Further property was stolen from the business premises before the suspects returned to the house where the man was reunited with the children.
The offenders, who were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, drove off in the Mercedes and the other family car, a silver Toyota Rav 4, both of which were later found abandoned in Buxton.
Three men were arrested in December in connection with the armed robbery and have all been released on police bail.
A reward of up to £25,000 has been offered through Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the offenders.
To be eligible for the reward, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, call police on 101.