A FRIGHTENED Shaw couple were threatened by three masked men who broke into their home during an afternoon crime spree across Saddleworth, Shaw and Rochdale.
The intruders brandished a screwdriver at the elderly occupants before searching the house on Foxhill for valuables.
Although the pair were shaken nobody was physically injured.
Around 4pm, it was reported three men, again travelling in a red Ford Fiesta, smashed the windows of a car travelling on Turf Hill Road in Rochdale with weapons in an apparent road rage incident.
The offenders then got back in the car and drove off, leaving the victim at the scene uninjured.
The final incident took place between 4.50pm and 5.05pm when three men forced their way into the home of an elderly couple on Hereford Street in Rochdale.
They threatened the occupants in a similar fashion to the earlier incident in Shaw. The men fled with valuables from the house.
The chain of events started in Denshaw at around 3pm when three men broke into a property on Ripponden Road.
After hunting for valuables it is thought the trio fled the scene in a red Ford Fiesta.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary McIntyre, of GMP’s Oldham Borough, said: “This is quite a strange set of circumstances involving four separate incidents that stretch across two different towns but are very similar in nature.
“A number of the victims involved are vulnerable people but thankfully none of them were physically injured and we are doing all we can to find those responsible.
“Although the investigation is still in its infancy so at this stage we cannot say with absolute certainty that these incidents are linked, given the descriptions of the people involved and the car used, we are currently treating them as such.
“With that in mind, I want to urge anyone with information that can help us with our enquiries to contact police as a matter of urgency.”
Anybody with information should call the police on 0161 856 9059, quoting any of the following incident numbers of the 24 August 2018: 1231, 1243, 1401, 1416.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.