Published Wednesday, 05 February 2014
The scene of the 'handover' at Fallswater Street. (© UTV)
The family were tricked into letting a caller disguised as a postman into their home, where he then produced a gun and demanded money.
The gunman held a man and a woman hostage in the house until another member of the family went to his place of work in west Belfast and obtained an amount of cash.
He handed it over to another member of the gang at Fallswater Street off the Falls Road at 9.30am.
After the handover, the alarm was raised and all three members of the family were reported to be safe although one was taken to hospital for examination but was later released.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw a man get out of a silver car in Fallswater Street at around 9.30am and hand a holdall to another man who then walked in the direction of Iveagh Street to contact detectives at 0845 600 8000.
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