Police are appealing for information after two burglaries in Essex in which the robbers were armed.
In the first three men wearing masks and carrying hammers broke into an address in the Clarks Wood Drive area of Braintree on Friday night and stole jewellery and a phone.
In the second about half an hour later three men with screwdrivers forced their way into a house on Howbridge Road in Witham and took a handbag and jewellery.
Detective Inspector Kev Hughes said: “These were both frightening incidents for those involved.
“We are investigating whether they are linked due to how they were carried out, the time frame in which they took place, and the distance between two the properties.
“I need anyone who may has seen what happened or has any information about either incident to contact Braintree CID.
“No-one should face this kind of incident, let alone in their own home, and it is really important we find those responsible.”
If you have any information about these incidents please contact Braintree CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.