A burglar told a terrified mum "Hiya love, I've come for the hoodie" after leaving behind an Adidas top during his raid on a family home.

Katherine Phoenix, 30, says she has been left 'paranoid' following the robbery and is contemplating moving home.

She says was just dozing off in bed when she heard a 'banging noise' downstairs -  which she assumed was her two cats scuffling.

But after going downstairs to investigate at around 1am on Tuesday she discovered a man standing in the kitchen with his back to her.

The 30-year-old, who works as a cleaner, lives in Stockton-on-Tees with her eight-year-old daughter Rosie.

The brazen thief asks for scruffy Adidas hoodie he'd left behind

"I gasped and shouted 'what do you think you're doing?'," Katherine told Teesside Live.

"He turned round looking a bit wide-eyed and just legged it out the back door. I only saw him for a split second.

"I was shaking like mad, I couldn't believe it.

"I'm really cautious about the doors being locked so I couldn't figure out how he managed to get in.

"But then I noticed a the kitchen window was wide open so he must have climbed through it."

As Katherine was locking back up, she noticed a white and blue stained Adidas hoodie on the floor outside.

"I knew it wasn't mine so I picked it up and put it in the kitchen," Katherine said.

Shaking and still in shock, Katherine ran to get her phone to call police when she heard a knock at the door.

"I opened the door and a man, who I'd never seen before said, 'Hiya love, I've come for my mate's hoodie'.

"I couldn't believe it; I could see the man who was in my kitchen at the end of the garden.

"I just told him he couldn't have it and that I'd rang the police.

"He called me dramatic and said his friend had got the wrong house. I just shut the door and locked it."

The experience left Katherine feeling 'on edge' and she has even contemplated moving house.

She said: "I'm very, very paranoid now and I'm at the point where I feel like I want to move.

"It doesn't feel like my house any more, knowing a stranger has been in it.

"I jump at the littlest of things and I can't get to sleep at all. I'm walking around checking the doors and windows constantly.

The couple were reported to Merseyside Police (stock image)
Police are now investigating the incident (stock image)

"Even washing the pots scares me as it's so close to the kitchen door and I just feel on edge."

The suspect remain unidentified as police appealed for information to catch him.

He was wearing a red T-shirt and dark trousers and aged in his late 40s to early 50s, Katherine said.

She described him as being white, broad but slim, around 5ft 6ins tall with short, light hair.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police, said: "We were called to a report of a burglary around 1.10am in Billingham, in the early hours of Tuesday, 7 July.

"Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Kev Middleton from Stockton CID on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 109228.

“Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at   www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”