Police have released this image of a man who was punched in the face during a burglary in Bognor Regis.
Around 9.35am on Thursday (November 26), the suspect was involved in an altercation with a woman who had just returned to her home in Den Avenue.
A tussle ensued in the hallway, following which the homeowner punched the intruder in the face.
Police said he made off from the scene in the direction of Hotham Park having stolen a red Nike rucksack, a Sat Nav, two iPad minis, an Xbox limited edition consol with controller, a Turtle beach ear force headset and £40 cash.
A police spokesman added: “He is described as white with dark hair that was over the ears, unkempt and greasy, thick black stubble and aged about 35.
“He was less than 6’ and of a thin build, and spoke with a South East UK accent.
“He was also scruffy and smelt strongly of body odour. He was wearing a dark bomber style jacket, jeans and white trainers.
“Earlier that day, at about 9am, a man matching the same description attempted to gain entry to the rear of another house in the same road.
“He was spotted in the garden with a jacket in one hand and a hammer in the other, and he ran back towards Den Avenue after being disturbed by the female occupant.”
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.”
Witnesses are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org call 101, quoting serial number 0305 of 26/11.
Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting Crimestoppers
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