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A woman has confronted and hit a burglar in self-defence after finding him lurking inside her garage.

Police said the woman parked her car in the garage of her Collocott Street, Mordialloc, home about 6.30pm on Friday before going inside the house.

When she returned a short time later, the victim startled a stranger looking inside her car.

A likeness of the man police are looking for.

A likeness of the man police are looking for.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Clair White said a fight broke out, during which the woman hit the man in the back of the head. The man then fled.

The victim told police she had seen the man lurking around her house twice in the past fortnight, and described him as fair-skinned, aged in his 20s, with an average build and sandy, blond, spiked hair.

He was wearing a yellow hooded jumper and light blue jeans at the time of the burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.