Raiders snatched a child’s money box out of her hands and pulled her mother’s gold rings from her fingers in a sickening robbery in a family home.
Detectives are appealing for information after the terrified family told them three men burst into their home on Halstead Road, Ribbleton, Preston, demanding cash and threatening to “cap” them, a slang term for shooting.
Three children aged six, 10 and two, were in the house at the time of the robbery between 6.20pm and 6.40pm on October 15.
A six-year-old girl was coming down the stairs with her father with her piggy bank in her hands, which a robber snatched from her.
Her mother, who was in the kitchen, was hit and pushed over by one of the thugs who kicked her in the head with his knee.
He then he then knelt on her and snatched her rings from her fingers. The thug was heard to say: “If he hasn’t got money just kill them”.
He grabbed her by the throat and shouted for money.
A neighbour who heard the disturbance and knocked at the door was invited into the kitchen then threatened.
The robber said: “Don’t look at me or I will put a cap in you both.”
Before the robbers left, one chillingly stroked the little girl’s face. They fled with £50 cash.
Three men were seen running away.
Det Sgt John Crichton, of Preston CID, said: “This was a frightening ordeal and we are appealing to anyone with information to call us on 101.”