It occurred just after midday on Monday 11 February 2013, at a house on Pennine View, Romanby.
The burglars broke into the house by forcing open a door at the rear of the property. They left the house empty handed when they were disturbed by a resident who was at home.
PC Quita Passmore, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
This has naturally left the person who disturbed the burglars very shaken.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time, I urge you to come forward and contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.
Anyone who can assist with this enquiry is asked to contact Northallerton police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Quita Passmore. Alternatively information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130023333.