Detectives are requesting public assistance to identify the person the CCTV image at right.
The alleged offender entered a property in Gillen on the night of October 20 and stole items from a fridge at the rear of the dwelling.
A resident of the house disturbed the offender and he ran away.
Detective Sergeant Trent Abbott said the home had a private CCTV system and captured images of the alleged offender as he entered the property through a rear gate.
Meanwhile police have arrested a 14 year-old youth who they will allege is responsible for three separate unlawful entries in the town.
Operation Jedi members have charged the young man with offences including two counts each of unlawfully enter a building, of stealing and of damage property.
Detective Superintendent Brent Warren Jedi continued to target offending of this nature.
“The damage these alleged offenders do to business premises far outweighs the value of the items they are looking for. We will allege this youth took part in the smashing of a front door of a business to steal cigarettes on October 11.
“We will allege this same youth, in company, forced his way into a licensed premise, damaging doors, locks and light fittings before stealing alcohol on the night of October 19. While inside we will allege that he struck a guard dog with a broom handle until the animal cowered.
“Later the same night police will allege this youth in the company of several others forced an air conditioner from the wall before entering a business and stealing cigarettes.”
People with information were asked to ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or police on 131 444. – Police media release.