A frail 95-year-old pensioner was confronted by thieves as he slept at his Trafford home last month.
The burglary, on Priory Street in Bowdon, occurred between 12.30pm and 2.15pm on June 26 when the unnamed man who requires care assistance woke to find two offenders standing over him asking him for money.
Police Constable Alfred Gumbs, of the Volume Crime Team, said that it was necessary to catch the perpetrators and urged anyone with information to come forward.
He said: "This man is in his 90s, in poor health and essentially bed bound, and was left in a state of utter shock to be confronted by thieves demanding cash.
"There was absolutely nothing he could do to stop them searching his house and had to remain in bed, helpless, while these cowards rooted through his home, invading his privacy and leaving him extremely upset.”
It is believed they got into the house by scaling the wooden side gate leading to the back garden before prising open the kitchen door using some sort of screwdriver or other implement.
When the man told him he did not have any money, the offenders fled empty-handed.
The first man is described as white, about 5ft tall, of a slim build and with fair hair. He was wearing a light coloured baseball cap and light blue clothes.
His accomplice is also white, about 6ft tall, of a slim build and also with fair hair. He was wearing a light-coloured baseball cap and dark blue clothes.
PC Gumbs added: "Quite unusually, these men struck during daylight hours, so I am appealing to anyone who might have seen two men matching these descriptions who were hanging around the area to come forward."
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 0950 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.