Masked thieves take guns from pensioner's home

PUBLISHED: 10:42 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

TWO shotguns were stolen when raiders threatened a pensioner with a screwdriver in his village home. Two men, both wearing balaclavas, broke into the 75-year-old man s home in St Giles Road, Codicote, on Saturday evening by climbing through the kitchen wi

TWO shotguns were stolen when raiders threatened a pensioner with a screwdriver in his village home.

Two men, both wearing balaclavas, broke into the 75-year-old man's home in St Giles Road, Codicote, on Saturday evening by climbing through the kitchen window.

During a search of the house the raiders found a set of keys and demanded the man reveal what they were for by threatening him with the screwdriver.

The men eventually left the house with the two shotguns, two shotgun cases and an amount of cash. The guns are described as a side-by side 12 bore shotgun and a single barrel 410.

Police say the pensioner was left extremely traumatised by the raid.

One villager said a lot of pensioners lived in the area and were worried by the theft.

"It makes me feel very frightened," said one resident close to where the raid happened.

"It must have been horrible for that poor man. They held a screwdriver to his neck. He's a nice man."

Both raiders are described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall and were wearing black leather gloves as well as balaclavas and dark clothing.

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