Police appeal for witnesses after robbery at Quinton home
23 December 2011
POLICE in south Birmingham are today appealing for witnesses after a family were robbed in their home.
At around 11.45am on Monday 19 December, a man dressed as Father Christmas knocked at an address on Dwelling Lane in Quinton.
The man claimed to be collecting for charity.
When the 22-year-old woman said she did not want to contribute, the man forced his way into her home and was quickly followed by a second man wearing a tracksuit.
The pair then subjected the woman to a violent attack while demanding gold.
When her father (54) returned home a short time later, he was punched in the face. The offenders then fled in the direction of Highfield Lane. Detectives believe the men may have driven off in a small car.
Detective Constable Simon Rainbow, who is leading the investigation, said: "I'm sure everyone will appreciate that this was a terrible crime committed where people should feel the safest – their home.
"We are determined to find those responsible and I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time to contact me as soon as possible with any information they may have."
The offender dressed as Father Christmas is described by the victim as white, in his early 20s, around 5'5" tall and spoke with a Birmingham accent.
The second man was black and in his early 20's. He was around 5'6" tall and had a stocky build. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information is urged to call DC Rainbow on 101. People who do not wish to speak with police officers directly should call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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