BURGLARS failed to break in to a house so stole £1,500 of tools from a van outside.
They targeted the house in Somerset Road, Basildon between 8.30pm on Sunday and 10.30am on Monday.
They tried to force the lock on the front door of the house and caused damage to the window.
They then broke in to a van that was parked on the driveway and stole £1,500 of tools.
Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.
Alternatively, leave information with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.