Essex Police have released this e-fit of a man who burgled an 84-year-old lady's home, only to flee when she struck him with her handbag.
The suspect forced entry to the house in Kennel Lane, Billericay, by breaking in through a rear window before making an untidy search of the house.
He then entered the living room where he disturbed the 84-year-old pensioner.
Local police chased a gang of thieves from Billericay to Laindon after a woman had her card snatched at a cash point.
The thief grabbed the card as the woman was withdrawing cash in Billericay High Street at around 2pm yesterday.
He ran off, before jumping into a getaway car that was driven off at speed.
Local police are investigating a spate of burglaries in Billericay, as they warn domestic burglaries are set to increase in the run up to Christmas.
In the last week, burglars who have smashed doors down have been disturbed by homeowners three times. Police are investigating and are not currently linking the three incidents.