An elderly man was attacked and threatened with a knife at his Taree home last night.
The 79-year-old heard noises at his back door about 10.15pm and when he investigated was attacked by three men.
They wrestled him to the ground and threatened with a knife while demanding cash.
The trio took cash and a mobile phone from the house before leaving.
The elderly man received cuts and grazes to his elbows and leg but did not need hospital treatment.
Although a police dog was used in the search for the three men, they could not be found.
Manning/Great Lakes detectives are looking for three men who have only been described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance and wearing dark-coloured hooded tops.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Taree Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers page online.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.