THOUSANDS of pounds in cash and gold jewellery were stolen during a burglary that was caught on CCTV.

Footage shows three intruders breaking into a house in Armadale Road, Ladybridge, at 4.18pm on March 5.

Offenders were scared off when victim, Mazhar Khan, returned home.

The married father-of-three said: “I reversed onto the drive.

"I noticed that the living room door was open. I walked along the hallway and saw through the kitchen door that the window was open.”

Mr Khan, 42, who works as an electrician, then noticed that the burglar alarm had been ripped off the wall.

Mr Khan had £13,000 cash in the house from a personal car sale, which was stolen.

“The house was just a mess.

“They have also stolen £20,000 worth of gold jewellery that belonged to my wife and has been handed down through our family. When I looked back at the CCTV, I realised they had jumped out of the window when I reversed up the drive.”

Footage shows one of the offenders get out of a black VW outside the property. The car then drives off.

Two other offenders can be seen at the rear of the house, before the third joins them.

After looking through windows at the rear of the property, they force a window with what looks like a screwdriver. All three then enter the property before exiting through a different window carrying a green bag at 4.31pm.

Councillor for Heaton and Lostock, Andy Morgan, said: “Obviously, any burglary is unacceptable and one burglary is one too many, but we have seen a drop in crime in the area since the meeting.”

Police have been approached for a statement.