A mum-of-three has said she feared for her life after a burglar grabbed jewellery off her before ransacking her house.
Sonia Ijaz, 24, was pushed to the ground before the balaclava-clad robber stole around £25,000 worth of jewellery, iPhones and iPads from her Accrington house.
The staff nurse, of Blackburn Road, said she was left in shock and 'crying on the steps' after the ordeal and now fears being in the house on her own. Police have launched an appeal for witnesses.
Mrs Ijaz said she was asleep on the couch and about to pick up her children from nursery when the robber struck.
She said: “I opened the door and didn't even get to say hello before he put his foot in the door and then pushed me.
“Then he ripped off my necklace and jewellery. I thought he was going to murder me.
“He was in the house for about 10 or 15 minutes and made me stand outside the rooms so I didn't go in.
“I thought he would just take one or two things and leave but he took loads of stuff.”
Mrs Ijaz said she now feels 'very isolated' at home and that the robbery has affected her children aged four, three and one.
She said: “I was in shock and didn't sleep for the first few nights afterwards and I've not been at work.
“He took my mobile phones so I have lost all my contacts. We were supposed to have about 60 people over for a party on Sunday but only half came because I didn't have my phone.
“I feel isolated and lost without it and to have no work or family ringing me.
“The kids feel isolated too as they have nothing to play with as he took all the iPads which were Christmas presents. They keep asking me where they are.”
Mrs Ijaz said she normally likes to wear lots of jewellery and gold every day and believes she could have been targeted.
She said: “I always like to look my best and have necklaces and jewellery that match my clothes. When I'm out people look at me and think I must be loaded.
“People have said in Accrington there are a lot of thieves and after Christmas people are struggling.”
The incident happened at around 5.15pm on Thursday, January 16.
DS Jennifer Lennon has described the robber as a while male in his late 20s or early 30s wearing dark clothing and a balaclava. He also spoke with a local accent.
She said: "This was a nasty incident against a lone female in her own house. He has gone up to the address, pushed through the door when she answered it and then stolen jewellery, iPhones and iPads. We would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately."
Anyone with information should call Lancashire Police on 101.