Police want to hear from motorists who may have information about a burglary in broad daylight.
Officers were called to a house on Rookery Lane, Rainford, shortly before 5pm after receiving a report that crooks had forced their way into the property and ransacked the premises.
It is believed that the offence occurred some time between 11am and 4.30pm. Nothing was stolen.
Crime Scene Investigators attended to forensically examine the house and an investigation into the incident is continuing.
Det Insp Martin Earl, of St Helens CID, said: “Cracking down on domestic burglaries is one of our key priorities in St Helens and we are determined to arrest the people responsible for this incident.
“On the day it happened, Rookery Lane had some roadworks on it with temporary lights controlling traffic.
The road is on the outskirts of Rainford villageand is always busy, especially at rush hour.
“It’s likely traffic was queuing through the day and we believe some drivers may have seen the offenders running away from the property whilst they were waiting for the lights to change.
If you were on Rookery Lane on May 1 and saw anyone acting suspiciously, or you have any other information about this burglary, I’d appeal to you to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information can call detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6812 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.