Two masked men entered an address on Christchurch Road, near to the Parley Cross traffic lights last Wednesday evening (17 December) and threatened the female occupant with a letter opener with a long silver blade and demanded money. They ordered the victim upstairs before tying up her wrists and ankles. The incident happened between 7pm–7.30pm.
An unknown quantity of cash and two dark coloured briefcases containing sentimental items were stolen.
One of the briefcases is described as an old fashioned-type with opening clips. The second case has silver markings at the top, rounded corners and a code dial to unlock.
Offenders also stole a quantity of jewellery, including a distinctive ‘jacket’ ring, which is a wishbone-shaped ring with diamonds on each wishbone and a diamond ring set inside.
Both men are described as being between five feet four inches and six feet tall and of medium build.
The first man wore all dark clothing and a hood over his head and face.
The second offender wore blue tracksuit trousers with a white stripe down the side and a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up.
Detective Constable Jo Shewbridge, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was home alone at the time. Thankfully she was uninjured.
“I would like to reassure members of public that crimes such as this are rare in Dorset.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time of this incident and noticed anyone acting suspiciously or saw anything out of the ordinary to come forward
“If you have been offered for sale any of the unusual items described, I urge you to call Dorset Police on 101.
“All calls will be dealt with in strict confidence.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting 17:400. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.