Hunt for masked men after robbery in Cardiff

White van
Image caption Police say the white van was later found abandoned a few miles away

Police are hunting for two masked men who forced their way into a house in St Fagans, near Cardiff.

A 74-year-old woman was alone in the property Llewellyn Goch on the Rhydlafer Estate, off Llantrisant Road, on 5 January

Nothing was stolen in the raid, but police said the woman was "extremely frightened and shaken up"

They say a white van used by the men is key to their investigation.

Three men went to the house and two, wearing balaclavas, knocked the door and forced their way in, according to police.

One of the men was wearing a a black peak cap, dark jacket with two fluorescent stripes down the back and he was carrying a black file.

Police said the men were driving a white Renault Kangoo van which had been stolen from Canton in Cardiff, on 30 November.

The van was found abandoned shortly after the robbery at St Fagans in Church Road near De Courceys restaurant in Pentyrch.

It had false number plates and a distinctive rusty roof rack, said police.

Det Insp Chris Cullen said: "The woman was alone when the men pushed their way in and although she was not injured, she was extremely frightened and shaken up.

"Key to identifying these men is a white van that that they were using that evening and we need information from the public on this vehicle."

"We are appealing for any information on this incident but in particular sightings of this van since it was stolen in November and on the day of the robbery.

"We are now asking the public for their assistance and would be grateful for any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem," he added

Anyone with information can contact Fairwater CID on 029 2052 8013 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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