A neighbour who challenged raiders escaping from a Hemel Hempstead house after snatching a safe and its cash contents had a mystery liquid thrown in his face, police revealed today.
Luckily the man was not injured by the liquid, but police have now appealed for help in tracking down the three crooks who escaped from the scene with a large amount of cash.
They say that the trio forced their way in through the back door of a house in The Horseshoe in Leverstock Green just after 8pm on Thursday night.
As they were leaving, taking with them the safe and its contents, the neighbour stepped in.
They threw the liquid into his face before getting into a waiting car and making their getaway.
The offenders are all described as white men, and one was aged in his mid-40s and wore dark clothing.
The getaway car, believed to be a silver Mazda saloon, drove out of The Horseshoe and along Malmes Croft before turning left onto Leverstock Green Road and away.
Assistant Investigator Lisa Walsh said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at this time and saw a vehicle matching this description to contact me with any information they may have.”
Anyone who was in the area on Thursday night and saw a vehicle matching the description should contact the Herts police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number D1/14/1118.
You can also call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.