Police on hunt for bed intruder
POLICE are looking for a man who intruded on a woman in her Gympie home.
Officers asked residents to not become alarmed, but be and lock up at night following the random incident.
A man, described as having an indigenous appearance, was discovered sleeping next to a young mum and her child.
Gympie Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said while it was not an incident that happened very often in this region, people should take measures to keep their homes secure, even when they were home.
"I recommend people keep their homes secure with good quality locks on doors and secured windows, especially of a night and even when they are home," he said.
The woman woke to find the man sleeping in her bed and removed her children from the room before calling police, but startled the intruder, who fled out the back door.
She noticed some property had been stolen, which was located near the back door.
Snr Sgt Reeves said the woman and her children were unharmed. The suspect was described as an indigenous male of slim build.
A number of items in the house were taken away for forensic testing.
"This is a very disturbing incident and police are requesting any information from the public which may identify this man," Snr Sgt Reeves said.
"We ask people to report any suspicious activity seen at any time. You never know when a small bit of information may assist police."
The woman was praised by police for her commonsense approach to dealing such a frightening situation.
"She has done the right thing by removing her children and contacting police without confronting the intruder in the house. The police response was immediate and her actions have protected her young children."