Thugs tie up pensioner before dousing her in liquid and raiding home in terrifying robbery
Thugs tied up a vulnerable pensioner and doused her in a liquid during a terrifying break-in at her home, police said.
The trio, believed to be Eastern Europeans, burst into the home of the woman in Harrow, north London, while she was alone, before making off with her wedding and engagement rings and some cash.
Detectives said they initially thought the woman, aged in her early 70s, had been doused in bleach but were now carrying out tests to determine exactly what the liquid was.
Detective Constable John Gillespie, said: "This was a cowardly and shocking burglary on a vulnerable elderly woman and I would appeal for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in Sudbury Court Road to come forward and help us with our enquiries.
"It is a terrible thing to happen in the place where you should feel most safe and the victim has lost items of high sentimental value."
The attack happened on October 15 at around 8pm but Scotland Yard only revealed the details on Friday.
The woman had turned the men away once when they came to the house, before they returned ten minutes later and forced their way in.
She was treated for shock but was not seriously hurt.
The men were described as being white and aged in their early 20s, of slim build and all dressed in black.
One was said to be 5ft 3ins tall and the other two 5ft 8ins.