Family terrorised as puppies stolen in armed raid
21 August 2019, 13:25
A gang of armed men broke into a home while a family, including a 2 year old and 10-year-old child, were sleeping, threatened them and stole puppies.
The four men forced entry into the home in Barlia Drive, Castlemilk, Glasgow, at around 1.30am on Wednesday, waking the sleeping residents.
The family - a 29-year-old man, 34-year-old woman, a 17-year-old, a 10-year-old girl and two year old boy - were threatened and the gang, armed with bladed weapons, smashed up the house and vandalised a Mercedes car parked outside.
Before leaving, they stole eight three-week-old bulldog cross puppies.
Police believe the attack was targeted and said although no-one was injured, the 10-year-old has been left "deeply traumatised".
The suspects are all white, slim and aged between 18 and 20.
They were all wearing dark tracksuits with the hoods up.
Police said they arrived at the house in two cars - a Volkswagen Polo and an Audi, both silver.
The Audi was driven off after the incident and police have seized the other car for forensic examination.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and police inquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Lynsey Watters said: "A family has been targeted within their home while sleeping and a young 10-year-old girl is
deeply traumatised by what has happened.
"The motive for this attack is unknown, however we do believe that it was targeted.
"I am appealing to members of the local community to contact us with any information they may have and to listen out for anything they
might hear regarding this crime.
"Perhaps you saw the suspects, do you know anything about the cars? Any small piece of information could prove significant in our
investigation so please do get in touch."