January 31 2013
– A wealthy property developer has today described how a gang of masked armed robbers burst into the family home – and held an axe against his nine-year-old son’s throat.
Rajinder Auluk, 40, was at home with his wife Baljit, 45, son Jay, 16, and their nine-year-old son, at 8pm on Monday when a gang of robbers smashed their way through the front door using sledgehammers and axes.
One thug grabbed the couple’s nine-year-old son and held an axe against his neck before threatening to ‘cut him’ unless they handed over cash and the keys to their luxury cars.
Shocked Rajinder handed the gang the keys and they made off with his Mercedes CLK and Baljit’s high-performance Nissan GTR.
But the gang abandoned the Mercedes on the road outside the property before fleeing in the Nissan.
Mr Auluk said the family were just finishing their dinner when the gang forced their way into his £360,000 detached home in Great Barr, Birmingham.
Rajinder suffered a 3in gash to his chest as he grappled with the man who held the axe centimetres away from his son’s jugular vein.
Speaking at a West Midlands Police conference said the gang of four masked raiders smashed their way into his home.
He said: ‘I heard a massive smash from the back room and thought my youngest had pulled something over onto himself.
‘I went into the hallway and saw a couple of silhouettes outside the main door.
‘There was a load of smashing going on and the glass of the door suddenly exploded in my face and three of them rushed in.
‘They were carrying axes, crowbars and sledgehammers. They threatened me and asked me for cash.
Rajinder Auluk handed the gang the keys and they made off with his Mercedes CLK and his wife’s Nissan Pulsar GTR
‘I told them I don’t keep cash in the house and so they demanded car keys.
‘I got my eldest to run and get the car keys and give them to the men.
‘They rushed out of the house but one of them suddenly turned round and started shouting ‘where’s that little b******?”
‘At first I thought he was talking about me but then I realised he was talking about my son.
‘He was cowering behind the sofa but he must have poked his head over the top because the man went into the back room and grabbed him.
‘He held this axe right up to his throat just under his chin.
The gang forced their way into Mr Auluk’s £360,000 detached home in Great Barr
‘At that point everything didn’t seem real.
‘I tried to get between them and get my boy away from the man.
‘He kept shouting “you’re loaded, you’re loaded”.
‘The axe caught me in the chest and I started bleeding but I didn’t notice because I just wanted to protect my son.
‘I just thought if that axe accidentally slips or moves that could cut my son’s jugular vein.
‘At that point one of the cars started up and the man ran from the house.
‘He was screaming to my eldest “We’ll be back, we’re going to get you”.
‘After they’d gone I realised the floor was covered in blood.
‘I had some cuts to my face which my wife covered up for me.
‘I feel angry, helpless, I feel like a let-down as a father.
‘My eldest son has said I should have done more to protect my family.
‘But maybe he’ll understand when he gets older.’
Rajinder described the balaclava-clad gang as highly organised and believed they had deliberately targeted his home.
He said: ‘It was planned because all the stuff they were wearing, black biking gear covering their whole body, if you hit them they wouldn’t get hurt.
‘It was like they’d seen a movie and copied it.
‘Everything was in place to make sure nothing could go wrong. I’ve been in business for some years and never had any debts or problems or qualms with anybody.
‘I can’t think of anybody that I know that would want to do that.
One thug grabbed the couple’s nine-year-old son and held an axe against his neck before threatening to ‘cut him’ unless they handed over cash and the keys to their cars
‘I want them to get caught because the more they succeed the more confident, more brazen they’ll get.
‘It was 8 o’ clock in the evening, there were people around, cars around but they still did it.
‘They need to be stopped.’
He said the impact on his family had been devastating.
He said: ‘My youngest hasn’t been in the house for two days, he doesn’t trust the house any more.
Pictured is the black Nissan GTR which belongs to Rajinder Auluk which was stolen during the raid
‘My eldest boy has been back during the day but he doesn’t like being by himself there.
‘My wife wants to get out of there too. The thing was, we bought a house in the country but my wife thought it wouldn’t be safe because it was so isolated.
‘We moved back to the city and look what’s happened.’
When the gang fled, Rajinder called the police, who were on the scene within five minutes.
But despite carrying out an extensive search of the area they were unable to trace the thugs.
Forensic investigators spent Tuesday examining the scene and detectives have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and trawling CCTV.
West Midlands Police have launched a public appeal in a bid to catch the violent robbers.
Detective Constable Derek Cole, who is leading the inquiry, said: ‘We have got to find the people responsible for this robbery.
‘This was a truly horrendous ordeal for the family and it’s hard to imagine what they went through on Monday night.
‘The thieves knew exactly what they were after; they wanted the family’s high performance car and didn’t care who they harmed in the process.
‘They had complete disregard for the victims, holding an axe to a young boy’s neck in front of his terrified family.
‘I am now calling on the public to help us with this investigation.
‘Did you see what happened on Newton Road on Monday evening? Did you see the men flee the scene? Perhaps you saw a group of men with a Nissan Pulsar GTR in the hours after the robbery?
‘There will be people out there who know who is responsible for this robbery and I would also directly appeal to them to do the right thing and come forward.
‘I just want these men caught, before they do it to someone else.’
Anyone with information should call CID in Harborne on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
– Anna Edwards