A pet dog alerted its owner to an intruder in her kitchen, before chasing the burglar out into the garden.
A woman was watching television at her High Street, Somercotes, home at 9pm on Saturday, January 18, when her dog began to bark.
In letting the pooch outside she shocked to find a man in her kitchen.
She described him as 6ft tall, wearing a black scarf round his face and a black hooded top.
He fled out the back door having taken only cash and cigarettes and the dog gave chase for a short while.
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