AN 88-year-old man confronted a burglar in his Rawmarsh home after being awoken by the break-in.
The pensioner was asleep in the early hours of August 14, when someone smashed into his home on Kilnhurst Road by throwing a metal grate cover at it.
Going down to investigate, the resident found a man in his lounge who was around 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build and wearing a grey hoodie.
The intruder fled immediately — no items were stolen, but the window was damaged.
PC Simon Bott, investigating, said: “We believe a metal grate cover was removed from a nearby road and used to break the window, which is what created the loud bang and woke the victim up.
“It may have disturbed other residents in the surrounding area, either when it was being removed or when used to get into the house.”
He added: “Fortunately the victim was not injured, but he is shaken as a result of this incident.
“Burglary is an incredibly intrusive crime that can cause extreme distress to victims.
“I would like to offer my reassurance that we are committed to protecting members of our communities and working to bring offenders to justice.”
PC Bott urged anyone with relevant information to come forward — no matter how insignificant they think it might be.
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 119 of August 14.