The family home of a city financier and Bitcoin trader was raided by armed robbers forcing the man to transfer the cryptocurrency at gunpoint.
The burglary is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The victim, Danny Aston, 30, was forced to transfer an unknown quantity of Bitcoin by the four masked men before tying up a woman in the house.
Police were called to a home in the village of Moulsford in Oxfordshire at around 9.40am and neighbours indeed confirmed that the property had been the focus of violent burglary.
One neighbour said: “I was not here at the time, but I know the couple have left and are staying with relatives, they haven’t been back since.
We are all obviously a bit shaken up, even though a few days have passed now. It is not what you expect to happen around here.”
Another added, “Everyone is shocked I think,” he said. “We think we live in a safer space, and then this happens and everyone gets scared.”
It is thought that due to Bitcoin’s high levels of secrecy, tracking down the thieves will be extremely difficult.
A police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police is investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at a property in Moulsford on Monday.
“Officers were called at about 9.40am to a report that offenders had entered a residential property off Reading Road and threatened the occupants. No one was seriously injured during the incident.
“An investigation into the incident is underway and officers attended nearby Moulsford School as a precautionary measure. It is not believed there was a threat to anyone at the school.
“Officers are particularly interested in speaking to anyone travelling through the village on the A329 Reading Road between 7.30am and 10.30am on Monday who has Dashcam footage or anyone with mobile phone footage.
“People in the local community may notice an increased presence of officers in the area while our enquiries are ongoing. The investigation is in its early stages however initial enquiries suggest this may be a targeted incident.
“No arrests have been made at this stage.”
Via: Sky News