An elderly couple were left terrified when three men broke into their home and ordered them to hand over money and possessions.
The 74-year-old man and 72-year-old woman were at their home in Irvine, North Ayrshire, when the men smashed through patio doors at the back of the property.
The elderly man was struck on the arm with what is thought to have been a metal bar before the couple’s son came downstairs and challenged the suspects.
The robbers then made off from the property through the back garden with a three-figure sum of cash and a number of bank cards.
They were described as white and wearing black or dark clothing, with two of the suspects wearing balaclavas or scarves covering their faces.
Detectives are appealing for information about the incident in Fairways at around 6.30pm on Wednesday.
Detective Inspector Mick Carr from Saltcoats CID said: “These despicable individuals forced their way into an elderly couple’s home and subjected them to a terrifying ordeal.”
“It is absolutely imperative that we trace them and officers are currently examining CCTV and speaking to local residents as part of their enquiries.”