A van driver was kidnapped at knifepoint by masked raiders who stole cash and cigarettes from a newsagents.
Staff were ordered to lie on the floor when two masked men, armed with a knife and a metal bar, stormed into the shop in Warwick on Sunday afternoon.
They assaulted the shopkeeper before ordering the driver to take them to Coventry where they left him and the van about 45 minutes later.
The shop owner and driver were punched and kicked during the incident.
Police said the men entered the shop just as staff were organising the morning paper deliveries.