Crown Derby ornaments, a Kindle, a laptop and jewellery were among the items stolen during a burglary in Matlock.
Sometime between 10am and 12.15am on Tuesday, a house on High Tor Road was broken into.
A man was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time.
He was described as white, unshaven, 6ft tall, of a thin build and aged between 30 and 40. He was wearing a camel jacket.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.