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Appeal for witnesses following aggravated burglary in Wray Lane, Reigate

News   •   Feb 28, 2019 13:59 GMT

We are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary at a property in Reigate last night (Feb 27).

The offence happened at a property on Wray Lane between 6.30pm-6.50pm after which the offender, a man, left the property in the direction of Reigate.

Officers are keen to hear from any commuters who may have been using this road to get to the M25 who might have seen a man matching the below description.

  • White man
  • 35 - 40 years-old
  • Stocky build
  • 5ft foot 11inches tall
  • Light brown hair
  • Light coloured eyes
  • Wearing a black woolly hat and something woollen across his mouth so only his eyes and eyebrows could be seen.
  • He was wearing a long sleeved sports-style zip up shiny black top, blue jeans and dark tan work boots.
  • He had a local accent and no distinguishing marks that were noticed.
  • He was carrying a large black sports bag

The man entered the home at 6.30pm, potentially via a bridle path at the back of the property, and left at approximately 6.50pm. He took with him a quantity of jewellery.

Detective Inspector Paul Gordon said: “This was an extremely serious incident which involved the victim being threatened with a knife and tied up by the offender. Fortunately, she did not suffer any serious injuries but is understandably shaken by what’s happened.

“We need the public’s help to find this man who we hope would have been very visible on that road at that time of night, especially with commuters. If you were driving along that road and have dashcam footage, or CCTV footage from a house that covers the road, please get in touch. This is also relevant if you live in, or were driving along other parts of Wray Lane or Croydon Road, Wray Common Road and Batts Hill.

“We are also hoping that anyone who may have been walking through the woodland, open land or the bridle path around the property before 6.30pm may have seen this man. This is particularly important as dog walkers, or horse riders may have been in the area before 6.30pm given the good weather. If this was you or you know someone who was there, please get in touch with us.”

If you have information which could assist please call 101 immediately, quoting crime reference number PR/45190021524 or tell us online via http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/