TWO men who forced their way into a Prestwood home, threatened the occupants at gunpoint and stole £3,000 of jewellery in what police called a “terrifying incident”were jailed this week.
Ronald Moore, aged 41, of Webbs Road, Hayes, and Barry Powell, aged 34, of Manor Avenue, Northolt, forced their way into the home in Wycombe Road, on the evening of Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14.
They were armed with a handgun and knife and threatened the residents, before marching them upstairs and making further threats. Young children were in the house at the time.
The pair stole gold jewellery worth £3,000 and then took car keys and mobile phones.
Uniformed response officers, armed response and a dog unit quickly attended the scene in hazardous weather conditions – a night of rain and especially strong winds.
Moore was stopped and arrested a mile away from the scene.
Powell tried to escape by hiding in a nearby field but was tracked by the police dog.
Both men were charged on February 17 and pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary on Monday at Aylesbury Crown Court.
They were each sentenced to five years and four months’ imprisonment.
Investigating officer, PC Stephen West, said: “I am very pleased with the speed at which these two dangerous offenders were dealt with by the Criminal Justice system.
“This has undoubtedly reduced the distress experienced by the victims in what must have been a terrifying incident for the whole family.”