A SPATE of burglaries have struck fear into a community as houses were ransacked.
The latest in a string of incidents occurred yesterday morning when burglars fled after being disturbed.
Mohammed Miah, of Sealand Avenue in Garden City, awoke when he heard his wife screaming and ran downstairs to discover their home had been pulled apart.
The raiders escaped with a small safe containing money and other valuables.
Another man nearby says he was targeted 10 days ago when he was greeted by the sight of a machete embedded in a door frame of his home.
Residents say police had visited residents in the area to warn them to be vigilant in the wake of similar incidents.
Houses in Connah’s Quay, Holywell and a premises in Mold have all been targeted in the last 10 days.
Mr Miah, 39, told the Leader: “I am shocked and scared. I am fearful in my own home.
“The burglaries are striking fear into the community as a whole.”
The father-of-three said his wife returned to the house at 11.30am to find intruders in the family's house.
“Her screaming woke me and I ran downstairs but they had run away.
“They broke in through the back door. They ransacked everything.
“Police have told us about these burglaries and they came straight round when I called them.”
A second man who lives just 50 yards away in Riverside Park was targeted in a similar incident on March 25 between 10.30am and 11.15am.
His sofa was slashed with a machete which was left embedded in a door frame and his television was also smashed as thieves searched the house before leaving empty handed.
Rajoul Islam, also a 39-year-old father-of-three said: “We entered the house and there was such a mess.
“Food had been thrown out of the freezer and they had been through all our things upstairs and downstairs.
“They took a knife and slashed our sofa and they left the knife sticking out of a door frame.
“I am really scared. They came just for cash and jewellery but didn’t find any.
“We are very upset. These people are dangerous and I am worried they will come back.”
North Wales Police are urging anyone with information about the burglaries to contact them.
A spokesman said: “We were called to an address in Sealand Avenue at about midday regarding a burglary.”
Anyone who noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area at that time should contact police on 101.