A thief tried to disguise himself under a kids duvet covet as he crawled around a house stealing cash and jewellery.
Counties Manukau police are calling for any information on the man who was caught on CCTV on Sunday, March 20, from a Dannemora property, in East Auckland in broad daylight.
The man broke in through an unsecured bedroom window about midday and spent 10 minutes in the family home. He grabbed a duvet to hide him while he rummaged through drawers, stealing a significant amount of cash from the business, jewellery and a camera. He unsuccessfully tried to take a TV mounted from the wall.
The offender is Caucasian, aged in his 20s, of slim build and was wearing striped adidas trackpants. Police have also taken fingerprints.
Counties Manukau police tactical crime unit Sergeant John Roberts said having CCTV footage would provide invaluable in finding the culprit.
"I'm hoping someone will recognise him. Especially when he looks up at the camera smiling.
It's sort of unusual that he is smiling up at the camera. Our message is that while it can appear amusing, someone has been victimised by this and been traumatised by someone coming into their house."
Those with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.