Three men dressed in army uniforms attacked a British woman when they raided her house in Boliqueime on Monday.
According to Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã (CM), the woman was attacked after her husband left the house to go to work.
The men, who were carrying shotguns, broke into the house, threatened and then robbed the woman.
The woman, who has not been named, told CM: “After my husband left the house at around 11.30am, I started hearing noises at the entrance gate. When I looked out of one of the windows on the first floor, I saw three men in troop uniforms forcing the gate.”
The woman had time to call her husband before the men broke the window of a door and burst into the house.
“They made me put my head between my legs but never talked to me, just between themselves, and did not look Portuguese,” she said.
According to CM, the woman’s husband returned to the house. When he entered the house he was faced by one of the robbers, who pointed the gun at him and fired.
It is reported that the gun jammed and the man was able to escape.
He asked for help from a resident who was passing the house, who called the GNR police immediately.
When police arrived at the house, the burglars had already escaped.
According to the police, they took an X-Box console, a laptop and €7,000 worth of jewellery.
Police later found an abandoned car in Benfarras, which they say may be related to the raid.
The 49-year-old man and 48-year-old woman have lived in the Algarve for about 10 years. They have three children, who were at school at the time the theft took place.
The PJ police are now investigating the case.