THE HUNT continues for a crowbar-wielding burglar smashed his way into a Hucknall care-home in a terrifying raid as elderly and frail residents slept.
The break-in happened in the early hours of the morning at Jubilee Court, which is on the campus of the Holgate Comprehensive School on Nabbs Lane.
A masked man forced his way in through a back door just before 2 am.
He confronted frightened staff and made them open a safe before fleeing the home with an undisclosed quantity of cash in six metal cash-tins.
No-one was injured and none of the residents were disturbed.
Staff, who were left shaken, have been praised for the way they handled the ordeal.
Now police have launched a hunt for the raider, who struck on Friday February 3.
Detectives have issued a CCTV image of a man they hope can help with the investigation.
The picture shows a man on a bicycle at the nearby Texaco petrol station on Hucknall bypass an hour before the robbery.
Images have also been released of the cash tins — three red and three black — taken in the raid. The man also escaped with a walkie-talkie, used by the home to communicate with staff and residents.
Det Insp Hayley Williams said: “This was a distressing crime for the staff involved.
“An extensive search of the area has been carried out by police, and high-visibility patrols are being undertaken. Reassurance visits have also been made to nursing homes in the area to advise on crime prevention and security.”
The offender is described as white, aged 20 to 30, 5’6” to 5’9” tall and of average build. The lower half of his face was covered and he wore a black hat with a peak at the front.
He was also wearing a dark jacket, with the word ‘America’ or ‘American’ emblazoned across the chest, and wore dark utility trousers with several pockets.
Det Insp Williams added: “Anyone who recognises the man in the image or who has come across cash boxes or a radio like the ones pictured, please get in touch.
“I’d also like to find out more about this distinctive jacket. Do you know anyone who has been wearing a jacket of this description or found one discarded anywhere? If so, please call the police.”
Jubilee Court is in the process of being sold by Notts County Council to the private company Runwood Homes. Residents and staff have refused to speak about their ordeal.
But Coun Kevin Rostance (Con), of Hucknall, who is the county council’s lead member for adult social care and health, said the council was doing all it could to support the police so that the burglar could be caught as soon as possible.
“This was a shocking break-in,” said Coun Rostance. “But the staff members who were confronted by the intruder had the welfare of the residents at the forefront of their minds throughout.
“Although they were left shaken by this, they deserve a great deal of praise for ensuring that residents were protected and unaware of what was happening.
“We have put new security measures in place at Jubilee Court as a result of the raid.”
Witnesses or anyone with information about the break-in is asked to ring Hucknall police station on the non-emergency number of 101 (extension 804 4737).
Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.