Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 26-year-old man was hit in the face with a mobile phone and had cash stolen during a robbery in Bedford on Monday afternoon.
The incident happened at 2.20pm after the victim had been shopping in Lidl in Lurke Street, Bedford.
After the man had put his shopping in his car he was approached by the offender who appeared upset and said he needed money.
The offender asked the victim if he would buy his mobile phone and when he got some money out, the offender hit him with the phone and snatched the money.
The victim tried to hold on to the offender but he escaped and got into a grey Renault Laguna that had pulled up nearby before fleeing.
Detective Constable Surinder Ram, who is investigating the robbery, is keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident taking place or saw the offender fleeing afterwards.
DC Ram said: “This was a nasty assault and robbery which has left the victim very shaken.
“The car park was busy at the time of the incident and I am sure that someone would have seen the robbery taking place.
“Even the smallest piece of information could help us with our investigation.”
The offender is described as being a white male, in his early 20s, around 5 ft 8 inchs tall, of average build and with light brown hair.
The offender spoke with an Irish accent and was wearing a collared shirt, black jacket and jeans.
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Ram, in confidence, on 01234 275346, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org