Police are appealing to the public for help to find a man who broke into a home in Woonona in the early hours of Tuesday.
An occupant awoke to a noise about 3am and saw a man standing in the lounge room of the Nicholson Road home.
The startled offender ran from the premises empty handed.
He is described as 160-170 cm tall, 18 to 23 years old, with a skinny build, tanned or olive skin, wearing a black and light blue hooded jumper, black work boots and hi-vis gloves.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.