A burglar fled empty-handed after being disturbed.
Police were called to reports of a break-in in New Street, Halstead, at about 2.45pm on Sunday.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “The suspect was disturbed by the occupant and fled.
“An area search was conducted, including the helicopter, but no one was found.”
Nothing was stolen during the burglary. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.