A man tied up and threatened a woman with a knife in a property on Wray Lane, Reigate, on Wednesday evening (27 February), according to police who are appealing for witnesses.
Surrey Police say the man entered the home at 6.30pm, possibly via a bridle path at the back of the property.
He left at around 6.50pm, taking with him a quantity of jewellery and heading in the direction of Reigate.
Officers are keen to hear from drivers using Wray Lane, and others, who might have seen a man matching the following description:
- White, aged 35-40
- Stocky build, 5ft 11
- Light brown hair , light coloured eyes
- Wearing a black woolly hat and something woollen across his mouth so only his eyes and eyebrows could be seen
- Wearing a long sleeved sports-style zip up shiny black top, blue jeans and dark tan work boots, and carrying a large black sports bag.
Police add that the man had a local accent, and no distinguishing marks that were noticed.
Detective Inspector Paul Gordon said:
“This was an extremely serious incident which involved the victim being threatened with a knife and tied up by the offender. Fortunately, she did not suffer any serious injuries but is understandably shaken by what’s happened.
We need the public’s help to find this man who we hope would have been very visible on that road at that time of night, especially with commuters.
If you were driving along that road and have dashcam footage, or CCTV footage from a house that covers the road, please get in touch. This is also relevant if you live in, or were driving along other parts of Wray Lane or Croydon Road, Wray Common Road and Batts Hill.
We are also hoping that anyone who may have been walking through the woodland, open land or the bridle path around the property before 6.30pm may have seen this man. This is particularly important as dog walkers, or horse riders may have been in the area before 6.30pm given the good weather.
If this was you or you know someone who was there, please get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 immediately, quoting crime reference number PR/45190021524, or use a Police webpage.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via an online form.
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