A brave woman who returned to her home to find it being ransacked by a burglar sent him packing by punching him so hard she broke her fingers.
Police are now looking for the man who may have sustained facial injuries following the altercation in Den Avenue, Bognor Regis, shortly after 9am on Thursday, November 26.
A police spokesman said the suspect made off towards Hotham Park, having stolen a Sat Nav, two iPad minis, an Xbox limited edition console with controller, Turtle Beach ear force headset, £40 cash – and a red Nike rucksack to put the goods in.
Burglary victim Jane, who asked for her surname not to be published, said: “As I walked up the stairs a man came charging out of my bedroom – he had bags full of what I now know to be my belongings and even had the nerve to take one of my own red Nike bags out of my wardrobe to use.
“I think it was a combination of shock, adrenaline and fury, but as he barged past me I punched him in the face as hard as I could, breaking my fingers.
“He ran out of my house towards Hotham Park, in full view of a bus driver at Den Avenue bus stop and passing cars.
“My young son has been traumatised by this whole incident, as have I.
“We need to look out for each other as a community and make sure we catch the people who are behaving like this.
“He was olive skinned, with black wavy hair, black stubble and was unkempt and dirty.
“On the plus side, a friend has replaced my son’s Xbox, and Turtle Beach has kindly offered to replace his headset.
“A £250 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of the stolen goods.”
Touched by Jane’s plight, Keith Hennessey from Turtle Beach has offered to send her son a new headset in time for Christmas.
Mr Hennessey said: “We wanted to spread a bit of Christmas spirit and replace the headset.
“We heard about the unfortunate incident and thought no gamer should be without their headset for Christmas – hopefully it will bring spot of Christmas cheer to Jane’s son.”
Police said the suspect was spotted moments earlier attempting to gain entry to the rear of another house in the same road, ‘with a jacket in one hand and a hammer in the other’, before running back towards Den Avenue after being disturbed.
Detective Constable Emma Fields said: “Following the second incident, the victim went outside to see where the suspect went and noticed there was a bus at the bus stop on the corner of Den Avenue and the High Street. The suspect walked off towards Butlins and Hotham Park.
“It is possible that anyone on that bus - or in the area - may have seen him.”
Any witnesses are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting 0305 of 26/11.