Three masked robbers brandishing a crowbar pinned a mother of two to her bed and raided her house, fleeing with a watch belonging to her beloved dead husband.
The raiders wearing hoods and balaclavas stormed into the house in Fox Street, Woodsetton, as the 52-year-old woman lay in bed watching TV.
One held her down as the others rifled through drawers and cupboards demanding cash during the raid at 9.10pm last night.
The woman watched in horror and screamed for help as the robbers searched for money despite her desperate pleas for them to stop. They made off with just her husband’s gold Swiss Ebel watch with a cream face and another watch belonging to her 23-year-old daughter after failing to find cash.
The victim had bought the watch for her husband on his 40th birthday, and it has been treasured by her daughter since his death from cancer seven years ago, aged 45.
The family say they will offer a ‘substantial’ reward for its safe return.
The victim today told of the terrifying moment the men stormed into her bedroom after getting in through the front door which she had left open for her daughter, who arrived home minutes after the raid.
She said: “I was just lying in bed watching TV and I heard someone running upstairs.
“I shouted out to ask who it was and then these men just burst in shouting and demanding money. One of them put a crowbar right up in my face.
“They just wanted money but I kept saying we hadn’t got any. The next thing they were searching the bedrooms and they kept pushing me down on the bed.
“I just kept screaming but they kept saying ‘where is it?’”
She also tried to call the police on her mobile phone, but they snatched it off her. The phone was later found dumped in bushes nearby. “It seemed like it went on forever but it must was just a matter of minutes,” she said. “It was just horrendous.”