Police are releasing an audio clip which features the voice of a man that they would like to speak to in connection with an aggravated burglary on Woodcock Close in Bankfields, Middlesbrough.
The incident occurred on Thursday 24th August at around 9:30pm when a man attended a property and pushed past an 85-year-old male victim at the back door of the house. The victim fell to the floor and the man demanded money from him then rifled through his pockets.
Whilst the victim was on the floor he noticed the suspect was carrying a large kitchen knife. The suspect helped the victim off the floor and then continued to demand money from him and then started to search for cash in the property.
Fearing for his safety, the victim pretended to have a medical episode which caused the man to panic. The man called an ambulance and then hung up the phone. The operator at the ambulance service called back following the phone call and the man answered and told the operator that everything was fine.
Following the phone call, the man continued to demand money. He left empty handed.
Anyone who recognises the voice of the man in the audio clip or anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact DC Paul Matthews on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Listen to the audio clip on our website here: https://www.cleveland.police.uk/news/newsall/appeal22367.aspx