RAIDERS armed with a sledgehammer and an axe smashed their way into a Sheffield jewellery store and attacked the shop owner before fleeing with a bracelet worth £225.
Police said three offenders were involved in the raid after travelling to London Road Jewellers/Pawnbrokers on a stolen Suzuki motorbike.
They struck at the premises on Saturday, at about 11.40am, with police revealing two of the men attacked the window in a bid to smash the glass to get to the valuables on display.
Police said the shop owner ‘confronted’ the offenders and ended up suffering ‘minor injuries’.
It is thought the raiders fled after being ‘startled’ by an ambulance siren in the area.
They drove off on the stolen bike, which had been reported missing from Lowedges and was later found abandoned near Heeley City Farm.
Witnesses told police a silver or grey car had been seen with the motorbike both before and after the incident.
A police probe into the daylight burglary is now under way, with detectives keen to hear from any witnesses.
They also want to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity near Heeley City Farm.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at a jewellers in Sheffield.
“Officers believe three male offenders travelled to the jewellers on London Road on a stolen Suzuki motorcycle just before 11.40am on Saturday.
“Two males attacked the front window with a sledgehammer and an axe. The shop owner then confronted the offenders, sustaining minor injuries, before an ambulance siren startled the males and they fled the scene.
“A gold bracelet with a heart-shaped clasp was taken during the burglary, valued at about £225.
“Detectives would like to hear from anyone who saw the burglary on London Road or anyone with information about suspicious activity around Heeley City Farm involving the two vehicles.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 498 of Saturday, September 22.