Detectives are appealing for information and footage from members of the public following an aggravated burglary in Warrington.
Shortly before 12 midnight on Friday 19 July three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas broke into a house in Wiltshire Close, Woolston, via the back door.
One of the occupiers fled via the front door without coming into contact with the offenders.
The other occupier was assaulted with a crowbar by one of the burglars.
The offenders then made an untidy search of the property before stealing a safe and the keys to a white Volkswagen Scirocco R type car that was parked outside.
They then fled in the vehicle, travelling along the A57 Manchester Road.
The occupier who was assaulted sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident. He was treated at hospital and has since been discharged.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone with information or footage regarding the offenders or the stolen car to get in touch.
Detective Sergeant Mark Naylor, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “Burglary is a serious crime in which people are targeted in their own home, which is the place they should be able to feel most safe.
“It is always a deeply upsetting experience being the victim of a burglary, but in this instance it was particularly traumatic as it occurred whilst the homeowners were at home and one of them was assaulted during the frightening incident.
“Thankfully he only sustained minor injuries and the victims are being supported by specialist officers.
“Although this was a terrifying ordeal for them I would like to reassure residents that incidents such as this are rare.
“I would also like to reassure them that it is believed to be an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area as a precaution. We are doing everything we can to identify the offenders and bring them to justice.
“We are in the early stages of the investigation and our enquiries are ongoing.
“As part of our enquiries we are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything before, during or after the burglary incident that may help our investigation to come forward.
“The same goes for anyone who believes that they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, or have information or footage regarding the car that they stole from the driveway.
“The white Volkswagen Scirocco R type that was taken had very little fuel in it.
“If you see, or have seen, a white VW Scirocco R parked in an area in or around Warrington that seems out of place then we want to hear from you.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 461366, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.