Deputies have been unable to find a home intruder after a Lincolnton woman awakened to see him standing in her bedroom doorway Wednesday morning.
The resident of the 3100 block of Range Road may have startled the burglar who quickly fled the property, deputies said.
The woman said she saw two individuals run into the woods, so the first man may have had an accomplice.
Just before 9 a.m., roughly an hour after the men were first spotted, deputies set up a perimeter in an area around the victimâ€™s residence, authorities said. However, they said they proved unsuccessful in their search.
Although no one was harmed in the incident, the home was ransacked, specifically the kitchen area, where authorities noted that several guns and a safe were left sitting on the kitchen table. The items had been removed from a cabinet, deputies said.
The woman told investigators that at the time of the incident, the man she saw in the doorway was wearing a bandanna with a skull image over his face, along with a dark hoodie, gloves and dark-colored jeans, deputies reported.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Authorities ask that anyone with information contact the Sheriffâ€™s Office at 704-732-9050.