Thieves stole a car and damaged a security light outside a house on High Street in Stoney Middleton last week.
The incident took place between 11.30pm on Thursday, August 4 and 7am on Friday, August 5.
Burglars pushed a hook device through the letterbox to steal the car keys from a kitchen work surface.
They then stole a beige Volkswagen Bora from the drive of the house.
The culprits avoided detection by throwing a bed sheet over the security light.
The heat of the light caused the sheet to catch fire, causing damage to the light and driveway.
Anyone with any information on the incident should call Derbyshire Constabulary on 0345 123 33 33.