A PENSIONER has been hospitalised with shock after a gang of five men burst into her home and robbed her and her brother.
The pair, both in their 80s, answered a knock on the door of their home in the Haymarket area of the Capital from a man who claimed to be there to check the gas supply.
But when they opened the door they saw the man was wearing a balaclava, and at this point a group of five men, including the man who knocked on the door, burst into the property and held the pair in a bedroom while they searched the house.
They eventually made off with a three-figure sum of cash.
While the victims were not physically harmed, the woman was taken to hospital suffering from shock.
Police described the incident, which happened at around 6.45pm on Sunday, as a “terrifying ordeal” and are appealing for witnesses.
The main suspect, who made the initial call at the door, is described as 6ft tall, dark skinned, in his 30s, with an Edinburgh accent and wearing a dark jacket and trousers.
There is no detailed description of the remaining four suspects, other than they were all 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing.
Detective Sergeant John Graham, from Police Scotland, said: “While both victims weren’t physically harmed, this was still a terrifying ordeal for them to be subjected to, particularly given their age, and the lady had to receive hospital treatment for the effects of shock.
“We have launched an investigation in order to trace those responsible, and we are appealing for any information that can assist our inquiries.
“Anyone who was in the area of McLaren Terrace around 6.45pm yesterday, who saw a group of men acting suspiciously there, should contact police.
“Likewise, anyone else who has any information that they think can help our inquiries should also get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.