Leicestershire crowbar raid linked to car thefts

David Clarke and his wife Sandra
Image caption David Clarke was attacked by three intruders at his home in Leicestershire

An armed robbery at a Leicestershire farm in which a couple were attacked with a crowbar is being linked to two burglaries.

Leicestershire Police said one of two cars stolen in Leicester contained items stolen from the farm near Countesthorpe, on 8 September.

David Clarke, 70, and his wife Sandra, 68, were attacked by three men wearing balaclavas during the robbery.

A £5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction.

The couple were also attacked with a machete and a screwdriver and Mrs Clarke was tied to a chair.

Ten rifles, five shotguns, cash and two vehicles were stolen by the intruders.

Det Con Tim Smith said: "Obviously, this has been an incredibly distressing incident for both the victims and we are keen to hear from members of the public who may be able to help us with our enquiries and catch those responsible.

"From enquiries we've conducted we are also linking this incident with two burglaries which occurred in Leicester where a BMW and an Audi car was stolen from two separate addresses after the keys were stolen from the property."

Both cars were later recovered from the Braunstone area.

All three suspects were wearing balaclavas and had hoods up and one of them was stockier and shorter than the other two, Det Con Smith said.

"There is a strong possibility the offenders will try and sell on the firearms so we are contacting all firearms dealers across the city and county to make them aware of the incident."

The robbery will be featured on BBC Crimewatch on Thursday night at 21:00 GMT.

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