An elderly woman needed medical treatment after she was assaulted during a burglary at her house in Lurgan, Co Armagh.
The victim, in her 80s, disturbed the thief who had broken into her Mary Street home at around 5.45am on Sunday morning.
He then attacked her before running off.
The woman suffered an injury which wasn’t life threatening and was treated at the scene. She said another woman who lives in the house, and is aged in her late 70s, was left badly shaken.
Police said it is believed the thief, who was dressed in a black hoodie, left empty-handed.
They have asked anyone with more information on the attack to contact CID at Lurgan Police Station in the Co Armagh town on 0845 600 8000.