BURGLARS used tools they found in a garden shed to break into a house.
Police have now urged people to make sure they leave nothing in sheds and outhouses which could help intruders to get into their homes.
The thieves - a couple in their late teens - struck on Upper Brow Road in Paddock between 10am and 6.20pm on Monday.
They broke into the victim's garden shed and used the tools there to force a window in a door at the mid-terraced house.
They caused £500 damage getting in and their haul of stolen property worth more than £1,000 included several men's watches, 78 floppy discs, a Kenwood amplifier, a Sony Walkman and a briefcase.
On of the thieves is a white man in his late teens, 5ft 8in tall and very untidy with brown spiky hair and a pointed nose.
His accomplice is a small white woman in her late teens with fair hair in a ponytail. She wore a long green coat.
Contact Pc Peter Warwick on 01484 436664.