Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with crowbars and an axe forced their way into a property in Leicester demanding access to a safe.
Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for the public to come forward with information.
The burglary happened at about 8.30pm on Sunday (September 9) in Station Road, Glenfield.
The three men broke into the property carrying crowbars and an axe, making threats to the occupant, who was inside at the time and asking for access to a safe.
The men then searched the address themselves, during which the occupant was hit with a crowbar, suffering minor bruising.
Two of the men are described as being more than 6ft tall and of a muscular build. The other man is 6ft tall and of a stocky build. All three were dressed in black and were also wearing black balaclavas. It is believed that they are eastern European.
The men made off with a purse, which contained a bank card and a small amount of cash. A television and the staircase of the property was also damaged.
Detective Constable Xanthe Fisher, who is investigating the incident said: “I believe that the offenders deliberately targeted this address in the hope of finding a safe, which is why they armed themselves.”
“This was a horrific ordeal that occurred in the victim’s own home. I would like to speak to anyone who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously in Station Road either last night or in the days leading up to this incident.”
If you think you can help Police with their enquiries or have any information that could help with their investigation, please call them on 101, quoting incident 573 of 9 September.