Burglars have tied up a 71 year old man in his home in County Durham, and then escaped with jewellery and silverware.
It happened at around 9pm last Thursday, although details have only just been released by Durham Police.
Two men wearing balaclavas forced their way into the victim’s home, a large detached property in Gainford which is between Barnard Castle and Darlington.
They then tied up the pensioner and left him in the kitchen, before searching the premises and making off with various items.
These include a pair of candelabra, ornaments including wooden elephants and glass figurines, several antique gold pocket watches, a silver plated inkwell and a collection of commemorative coins and medals.
The pensioner was discovered by a neighbour, still tied up, 13 hours later.
The police have released cctv footage showing the raiders entering and leaving the property.Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police.