An intruder who assaulted a Temuka woman in her home escaped on a bicycle, taking a wallet and cigarettes, police say.
The man allegedly broke into the woman's house at 12.15am on Sunday and assaulting her before fleeing. The woman was woken before discovering the man, who was unknown to her, in her house.
She was between him and the door and the assault occurred as he pushed past her. While she did not sustain significant injury, she was feeling "bruised and battered", Temuka Constable Richard Pattie said.
The man escaped on a bicycle with the woman's wallet, containing $100, and her cigarettes.
Mr Pattie said the intruder may have believed the house was empty and there was no suggestion the intrusion was sexually motivated.
The man appeared to be about 20 years old and Mr Pattie appealed to those who recognised his description to come forward.
He said the woman, although alone in the house at the time, was a mother.
"If this boy has a mother or a girlfriend, they need to put themselves in her position - how frightening it is when someone breaks into your home in the middle of the night."
The man was European, chubby rather than fat, with a round face, fair shoulder-length hair, and about 172 centimetres tall.
He was wearing a black bicycle helmet, a hoody with white "gothic style" writing on the front and grey pants.
Of significance for identification were his all-white skater-type shoes with black laces, done up in skater fashion (tucked in rather than tied).
"We haven't had anything like this [in Temuka] for a long time," Mr Pattie said.
Anyone who has any information relating to the incident or who can identify the man, is asked to phone Constable Richard Pattie at Temuka police on 03 615 0060.
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