A HOMEOWNER was attacked by a burglar during a raid on his home in the early hours.
The resident, a man, was asleep in bed at his home in Masefield Road, Hartlepool, when he was awoken by sounds coming from downstairs.
He made his way downstairs to investigate when he was confronted by the burglar who attacked him and then ran out of the house.
The raider escaped with tools, including a Paslode nail gun and a Trend workman’s router.
Police – who could not reveal how the victim was assaulted due to operational reasons – said he was shaken but not badly injured.
Officers released a description of the burglar describing him as white, male, possibly late teens to early 20s, about 5ft 9in tall, and of average build.
He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up, similar-coloured tracksuit bottoms and a dark scarf across his face.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a house during which tools were stolen.
“The thieves broke into the house in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, at 1.30am on Saturday, December 15, while the homeowners were in bed.
“But the resident was woken by the noise and went downstairs where he was confronted by the burglar.
“The burglar then assaulted him and fled, making off with a Paslode nail gun and a Trend workman’s router. The victim was shaken, but not badly injured.”
Anyone with any information on the burglary, or the whereabouts of the stolen tools, should contact Pc Simon Clark, of Hartlepool Police, on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.