Detectives are appealing for information after an elderly couple from Harrow were threatened at knife-point by thieves in their own home.
Officers are investigating the aggravated burglary that took place at an address on Whittington Way in Pinner on Sunday, 1 January.
At about 21:45hrs, Rosina and David Davies, both aged in their 80s, heard a knock at the front door.
Mr Davies got up to investigate and asked who it was. A name was mumbled and the husband proceeded to open the door when three men barged through knocking him off balance.
The men ran up the stairs and into the couple’s bedroom and started demanded money.
One man then pushed Mrs Davies onto the bed and threatened her at knife-point.
She dialled 999 but the phone was taken from her and pulled from the socket.
Mrs Davies then shouted her neighbour’s name in the hope that she heard and would call the police.
The burglar attempted to cover Mrs Davies’ mouth but she managed to break away.
Meanwhile, the other two men ransacked the bedroom and took a quantity of cash.
All three men then left the address and made off in an unknown direction.
Luckily, the couple’s neighbour heard the commotion and managed to contact the police, who arrived shortly afterwards.
Suspect 1 is described as a white man, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing dark jeans, a black jacket, gloves and he had his face covered. He was in possession of a knife.
Suspect 2 is described as a white man, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 7ins tall, of medium/stocky build. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up, gloves and also had his face covered.
Suspect 3 is described as a white man, aged in his late 20s, about 5ft 4ins tall, of medium/stocky build. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and gloves. He also had his face covered however a scar was visible on part of his face.
Detective Constable Daniel Cannon, the investigating officer from Harrow CID, said: "This was a nasty crime that has left the Mr and Mrs Davies extremely distressed. We are determined to catch those responsible and we’d appeal to anyone with any information to contact us so we can bring them to justice.
"Burglary can be both financially costly and emotionally devastating for victims and their families. We would encourage people to take a few moments to view our burglary prevention advice on our website at www.met.police.uk”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Harrow CID on 07769 162964 or via 101 or @MetCC
Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org