Intruder Caught Sleeping Inside Melbourne Home

Police are investigating.

Intruder Caught Sleeping Inside Melbourne Home

A woman has had a knife held to her throat after she and her husband discovered an intruder having a kip in their Melbourne home.

Victoria Police are searching for a man in his 20s who they say produced the knife when woken by the returning Donvale home owners about 11am on Thursday.

The intruder had dragged a mattress into the living room and can be seen waking up in footage captured by the couple and released by police on Tuesday.

Senior Constable Brendan Keane told 3AW when the husband went to search the rest of the house for potential accomplices the man grabbed a knife and held it to his wife's throat. He then fled the house.

Police believe the man entered as a squatter rather than to steal items.

"At the time of the incident he was wearing a black New York Yankees cap and black shorts," a police spokeswoman said in a statement.

No one was harmed and nothing was stolen during the break-in.