A couple were confronted at knife-point by two masked raiders who burst into their home and stole cash, jewellery and mobile phones.
The pair, in their fifties, were threatened and kept in their lounge by one of the men who carried a “large” knife, while the other searched their home in Fleet Crescent.
They later told police they could not think of any reason why they were targeted, and despite their ordeal managed to remember that one of the men had mentioned Nottingham at one point during the night time raid.
Following the robbery, the couple had to go around to a neighbour’s house to phone police.
They were described as being “scared” by the incident but thankfully were not harmed by the burglars.
Derbyshire CID is now investigating the raid. Belper Police Sgt Neil Glover said the burglary was “very unusual” for the area.
Acting Detective Inspector Steve Roberts said: “Someone may have seen someone running off, or in the surrounding area.
“Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area that night.”
The man who brandished the knife was said to be white, of stocky build and around 6ft tall. He wore a black coat and jogging bottoms and a woolly hat with the eyeholes cut out.
The second man was around 5ft, ten ins tall, of skinny build, and appeared to be younger than the other man. He wore a navy blue zip-up coat, black jeans and white trainers.
Latest figures show there have been 64 burglaries in Belper town centre so far this year. However, it is thought that this is the first incident this year where the home-owner was in at the time of the burglary happening.
A police spokesman said: “The men were wearing face coverings. The people involved have no idea why they were burgled. No-one was injured.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Amber Valley CID on the Derbyshire Police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.