BURGLARS ransacked a home in Tiptree after smashing their way through the front door.
The crooks made off with a haul of cash, jewellery and shotgun ammunition.
The break-in happened in Millwrights between 8am and 4pm on Thursday.
Investigating officer, Det Con Emma Jones, said: "This burglary took place at some stage during the main part of the day so we’re hoping that someone would have noticed the burglar spending a bit of time at the front door, forcing it open before then entering the house.
“We’re also appealing for local residents and retailers who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or unusual to the area to contact us.”
A forensic examination of the scene was carried out as well as house-to-house enquiries.
Anyone with information in connection with the burglary is urged to contact detectives at Colchester police station on 101.