An elderly war veteran has been left injured and traumatised after a violent home burglary in High Wycombe, while his partner is recovering from a “cowardly” blow to the head.
The 75-year-old man and his 65-year-old partner were startled by two masked men who forced entry into their Chullwyne Mews home early on Thursday, November 5.
After breaking in about 1.45am, the two men stole a number of items including jewellery and attacked the terrified couple.
One of the men pepper sprayed the elderly woman and struck her in the head, causing bleeding on the brain.
Both had to be hospitalised for several days.
Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Wilson said “the victims have been significantly traumatised by the event”.
“It’s a cowardly act,” he said.
“They certainly posed no physical threat (to the burglars).”
Det Sen-Sgt Wilson said the age of the victims “certainly makes it worse”.
“We are very concerned,” he said, adding the couple were “very keen to see some closure”.
“Both have stated they would gain a great deal of comfort should the offenders be identified and charged with these offences.”
While the monetary value of the stolen items is unknown, police said the jewellery held significant personal value.
Midland detectives are seeking public assistance with their investigation into the aggravated burglary and want to speak to several people who were seen near Ollie Worrell Reserve at the time of the incident.
The people they believe can assist them are a man who was seen riding a skateboard while carrying a guitar, two men that were seen riding bicycles towards Ollie Worrell Reserve, and the driver of a dark-coloured sedan.
Anyone with any information relating to this incident or anyone who has dash-cam or CCTV vision should contact Crime Stoppers.