£100k Wolverhampton lottery couple targeted by armed raiders just days after picking up winnings
National Lottery winners were attacked by masked raiders brandishing knives and steel bars – just days after picking up their £100,000 windfall.
Lee Davies and Carryann Copestick last week celebrated a scratchcard win, receiving their cheque at Molineux.
But their good fortune made them a target for robbers, who woke them in their bed and demanded money.
Their ordeal happened in the early hours of Monday at their home on Wolverhampton’s Scotlands Estate. The gang made off with £11,000 worth of gold and three iPhones.
Mr Davies, aged 27, a shipping clerk at Amazon in Rugeley, said the robbery could have left his three children, aged four, nine and eight months, ‘traumatised for life’ if the men had gone into the wrong bedroom.
He said: “After we won we were living the dream. We had invested in a house and planned for our wedding and went out and spent some money on clothes and jewellery from The Jewellery Quarter.
“Then on Monday night we were both asleep in bed and these men dressed in black with balaclavas, knives and bars came in the room. We were fearing for our lives. They shouted: ‘Where is the money? Where is the gold?’ Then the one holding a bar went up to Carryann and told her to get out of bed. The gold was already upstairs in the drawer by the side of the bed.
“They took off pretty quickly and we came down and called the police – we were just so lucky they didn’t wake the children. Something like this would have traumatised them for life.”
Among the gold stolen was a large chain worth £4,000, a bracelet worth £900, eight rings and a necklace that had a cherub on. Three iPhones were also taken, including two iPhone 7s and an iPhone 4S, estimated to be worth more than £1,500.
Mr Davies said: “We’re scared of what could happen next.”
A £2,000 reward has been offered on Facebook for the return of the jewellery. The couple revealed after their win that they had been trying to save £100 a month for their wedding before their scratchcard win. Mr Davies bought the card at a newsagent in Blackhalve Lane. The pair are planning for a June wedding at St Thomas’ Church in Wednesfield.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: An investigation is under way.” Anyone with information should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 20WV/215504H/17”