A police helicopter was deployed to assist officers on the ground with dogs searching areas in Eastergate and Barnham and the suspect was found and arrested.
Police said they were called after a householder found a man in a shed building attached to her home in Barnham Road, Eastergate, at 8.20am today, Thursday, December 8.
A police spokeswoman said: “When she challenged him, he waved a knife around before making off on a bicycle.
“Officers carried out a search of the area with a dog unit and were assisted by the police helicopter. The woman was not hurt.
“The suspect was found nearby and arrested on suspicion of committing aggravated burglary.
“The 23-year-old man of no fixed address is currently in custody awaiting to be questioned.”
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