Burglars stole a smartphone after forcing open the back doors to a house in Tibshelf in broad daylight.
The house, in Foxpark View, was broken into between 2.30pm and 3.20pm on Saturday.
A Samsung Galaxy 3 Mini phone was stolen from inside after the offenders forced open the back doors using what was believed to be a crowbar.
Witnesses saw a youth aged in his late teens running from the address. He had dark hair, was of slight build, and was carrying a black jacket.
Police want to hear from anyone who may know the person responsible or might have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area before or after the offence.
Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 27887/14.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.