Detectives investigating a burglary in which the suspect threatened officers have released an efit of a man they want to identify.
Police attended an address in Stanley Road, Wivenhoe, following reports of break-in at about 9.35pm on Tuesday, December 13.
The suspect, who had what appeared to be a firearm, threatened the officers before running off.
Specialist officers carried out an extensive search for the suspect and enquiries are ongoing to locate him.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Smith, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:
“We have now established a gas-powered BB gun was stolen from the property and we believe this was what the suspect threatened officers with.
“Imitation firearms such as these will not cause serious injury but often it can be difficult to tell them apart from a real one, and the fear felt when one is produced is just the same.
“Officers will not have known if they were being faced with a real or an imitation firearm at the time of the incident.
“We are releasing an efit of a man we want to identify and ask anyone who recognises him, or saw him in the area, to contact us.”
The suspect was described as aged about 30, about 6ft tall, and slim. He had light or ash blond hair and wore a navy blue quilter bomber-style jacket.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the Brentwood Major Crime Team on 101.
Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.Nopersonal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court.