By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
Published: 12:58 GMT, 19 November 2019 | Updated: 12:59 GMT, 19 November 2019
Masked raiders threatened a homeowner with a hammer in a terrifying late-night burglary before stealing four French bulldog puppies.
Police rushed to the property in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, shortly before midnight last night after they received reports of an aggravated burglary at a home close to the marina.
After forcing their way into the property, one of the masked men threatened the homeowner with a hammer, before the pair made off with the puppies, which often sell for more than £1,000.
The men are thought to have escaped across neighbouring gardens after the raid.
Four of the puppies were stolen from the property in Essex after two masked raiders broke in
Officers are now appealing for information from members of the public.
An Essex Police spokesperson said: 'We were called shortly before midnight on Monday 18 November with reports that two masked men had forced entry into an address on Freeland Road, Clacton.
'It was reported that one of the men threatened the