Police are hunting an armed gunman after a man was threatened by two thieves in his home in Hartshill, Bedford, between 4.30pm and 5pm on Tuesday, September 16.
The raiders ransacked the house stealing jewellery, and other valuables.
Detective Constable Simon Oldfield said: “The victim was asleep in his upstairs bedroom when he was woken by a white man with a Polish accent holding a gun to his neck. The thief told the man not to move and stole the jewellery the man was wearing.
A second masked man was seen by the victim outside the bedroom door and the pair thoroughly ransacked the house stealing a large collection of Asian gold jewellery including bangles, chains, rings, bracelets and other items.
“When they had finished upstairs they made off down the stairs, leaving the house through the front door and passing the victim’s niece who had just returned home.
“They then ran off towards Greenacres, Bedford. It is unknown at this time if they used a vehicle as part of their getaway.”
The gunman is described as a white male, with black very short hair, clean shaven, six feet tall, of slim build , with a Polish accent. He was wearing a white coloured T shirt, light blue jeans and had a screwdriver in his waistband of his jeans. The weapon has been described as a small black metal handgun.
His masked companion is a short, white male, of a healthy stocky build and wearing a pair of distinctive yellow coloured woollen gloves with blue on the top and palm.
DC Oldfield continued: “The victim and his family are obviously extremely frightened and upset by what’s happened. The jewellery has great sentimental value to the family and cannot be replaced. A family member with a small child had been in the house just moments before the intruders gained entry and it was lucky that neither were at home to face threats from a firearm.
“I would like to appeal for witnesses to the burglary who saw anyone matching the description or running from Hartshill. I’d also like to hear from anyone who has either seen someone with a large quantity of Asian jewellery or someone attempting to sell such items.”
Anyone with information relating to this collision can contact DC Simon Oldfield, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.