A man in his 50s was burgled at gunpoint in his East Dulwich home in September, with police now appealing for information to help catch the suspects.
The victim, who lives in Whateley Road, was alone in the house on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 23, when he heard someone coming downstairs – initially assuming it was his partner coming home early.
He was then confronted by two men, with a gun, who demanded money before hitting him over the head with the firearm.
Police believe it may have been an imitation as they made several failed attempts to fire the weapon.
After a struggle, the victim was bound with tape and pushed into the downstairs toilet as the suspects searched the property.
He then managed to escape and alert his neighbours – who called police at 3.34pm – receiving treatment from paramedics for a head injury.
The suspects are believed to have fled with a large amount of cash as well as electricals and jewellery.
One is described as being ‘Middle Eastern European’, of slight build, in his late teens or early 20s, with dark brown skin, black hair, a black beard and a thin pointed nose. He did not appear to speak a lot of English and was repeatedly heard to say ‘money, money, money’.
The second suspect is described as being an Asian man, possibly south-east Asian, of a stockier build, around 5ft 10ins tall. He had short black hair and was wearing blue latex gloves.
PC Daisy Puplett, of the Central South Command Unit, is investigating. She said: “I urge anyone who may have been in the vicinity at this time and date and saw two males acting suspiciously to contact us immediately.
“The victim was left terrified following this traumatic incident and we are doing everything we can to find those responsible.”
Anyone who has information that could assist police is asked to call 101 quoting reference Cad 4757/23Sept.
Alternatively, tweet @MetCC, or to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.