TWO balaclava-clad burglars smashed through a patio door in broad daylight while the homeowner was inside. 

Thames Valley Police has today launched an investigation after the incident in Wantage last Friday. 

At around 4.10pm two people wearing all black and covering their faces broke into the home in Lydsee Gate.

They broke the glass of the patio doors but, once inside the property, they were disturbed by the owner.

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The pair ran off and jumped over a fence at the back of the garden. 

Police are hunting for the burglars and have described them as being of medium build and around 5ft 10ins tall.

Investigating officer PC Victoria Weems, based at Abingdon police station, said: “I believe there were a number of people in the area following the incident that may have seen something.

“I urge anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, to get in touch. If you have dash-cam footage from the time of the incident, please review it."

Call 101, quoting reference number 43190171757.