A DISABLED pensioner was thrown onto a sofa while robbers ransacked his house.
The 67-year-old, whose wife was out when the men burst in through an unlocked back door, said he thought the men may have been watching and noticed when his wife had gone out.
But he said: “I am not going to let them get the better of me.”
During the ordeal, between 6.30pm and 6.50pm, he was shouted at when pleading with robbers.
He also tried to defend himself. He was kept hostage in the lounge by one of the men until the other raiders had left. The victim, who asked not to be named, added: “We had been saving money — £10 here and there to have a dormer built.
“We have been saving for up to 18 months and we were going to get the work started next month. It annoys me as we had scrimped and saved.”
Police are asking jewellers, pawn shops and The Bolton News readers to look out for the jewellery. Items taken included a distinctive mourning set, which included a black onyx with a star detail in the middle with a pearl.
It had leaf design on the outside with diamonds.
The set included matching earrings. The jewellery was in a shell-shaped box made of leather.
It is only thought to be worth about £250 but it previously belonged to the woman’s grandmother.
A white gold diamond cluster ring was taken along with gold and silver chains and a ring that had been made into a pendant.
A white gold pendant with diamonds in an S shape was also stolen. The robbers also stole a “14 in one” wrench in its box, new clothes from George and a Nintendo 3DS.
The couple have now upped security at their home.
People with information can call Astley Bridge police on 0161 856 5761, quoting the crime reference number 7032G/14 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
One of the men was white, about 6ft tall aged about 20 to 22. He had a blue scarf covering his face, wore dark clothes and a hood. He had a local accent.
The other two also wore dark clothes. One had a dark zip-up hoody with a thick red band across the chest.