THREE masked men burst into an address in Sunderland today and threatened a man with a samurai sword.
Police said the victim confronted them and one of the men threatened him with the weapon at about 7.30am in the Retreat.
They stole his mobile phone and an amount of cash before fleeing the scene.
The victim was left shaken but uninjured.
Inquires are ongoing into the burglary and a 29-year-old man has been arrested.
Extra officers are in the area of the Retreat and Chester Road and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Nicola Mcallister said: “We want to hear from anyone who was in the Retreat or Chester Road area around 7.30am this morning and who saw three men acting suspiciously or wearing masks. If you were in that area this morning and have any information that could help us then I’d ask that you contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information can speak to police by ringing 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 423 16/11/14.