Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a confrontational burglary in Hoylake on Monday, 9 January.
At about 10.25pm five males entered a house on Dovedale Road armed with a sword. The males confronted the residents of the property and demanded cash. The males then left the property with an amount of cash and a mobile phone from one of the residents.
Although uninjured the residents have been left very shaken following the incident.
The offenders are described as being aged in their late teens or early twenties of proportionate build with local accents. All five males were wearing dark coloured clothing and had their faces covered. One of the males was wearing a grey charcoal tracksuit with the bottoms tucked into black socks.
Enquiries are ongoing and CCTV is being examined from the scene.
Detective Sergeant Mark Watson, said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen males acting suspiciously near to this address around this time to contact us with any information they may have.
“We are determined to catch those responsible for this offence. I would urge any members of the public with information regarding this incident to contact us. High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area following the incident.
“We will not tolerate this kind of crime on Merseyside and urge anyone who may know these men, or may have any information, to call us so we can put them before the courts and bring them to justice.”
Anyone who may have information about either incident or the offenders is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 2265 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.