A shop owner was beaten across the head with a hammer after confronting thieves who smashed his store’s window to steal jewellery.
The robbery happened shortly after 11am on Monday when a white Ford van pulled up outside Spadinioro jewellers in High Street, Stony Stratford.
Two men got out of the van and the third offender, the driver, waited inside the vehicle while the others smashed a window at the front of the store with hammers.
During the incident the victim came out of the premises and confronted the offenders and one of the offenders struck him on the head with what was believed to be a hammer.
The two offenders entered the van and were driven away by the waiting offender.
The victim was taken to hospital with head injuries and was discharged later in the day.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish whether anything was stolen during the incident.
The two offenders who got out of the vehicle were white men, aged approximately 20 to 25 years, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, and were both wearing dark clothing and gloves.
One was wearing a camouflage jacket with the hood up. The other was wearing a dark grey padded jacket with a Russian-style fur hat with ear flaps.
A 33-year-old man from Bletchley was arrested on Monday in connection with the incident, but no further action was taken against the man.
Investigating officer Det Sgt Christopher Jackson, from Milton Keynes Force CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who has any information about the incident which may help the investigation to contact police.
“The incident happened on the High Street during a busy time of the day.
“We have already had a good response from witnesses but I would urge anyone who saw what happened to speak to an officer.
“A white van, which was stolen from Soulbury, was recovered following the incident in Bletchley. I would appeal to anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of a van matching this description since 14 April.”
Anyone with information should contact Det Sgt Jackson via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101.